Designing a better umbrella

Umbrellas, as we know, blow inside out in the wind, and require the person holding it to sacrifice the use of one of their hands. Shouldn’t we all be using Knups? Knups are made from banana leaves lashed to a frame of bamboo. They are worn rather than carried, which allows you to use your hands. And if you lean into the wind, they won’t blow inside out, or away.


So often traditional designs are superior to modern designs. Knups are the traditional umbrellas of Northern India, and are here being used in the wettest place on earth, Mawsynram, which has over 38 feet of rain a year.

2 thoughts on “Designing a better umbrella

  1. Fashion trends change quickly. I hope this becomes eye catching one day. Maybe, a origami knups made of coroplast which is foldable to be as small as a wallet.

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