The first umbrellas were used for protected the tree from the sun and were possible inspired as a canopy, which would offer cool shade from the hear of the day.
The origins of the umbrella are most probably china in 11th century B.C. although ancient sculptures have been found in Nineveh, Persepolis and Thebes (Egypt) depicting the use of umbrellas.
There is also evidence of Umbrellas or Parasols being used at t he same period in India.
The first umbrellas were most probably a converted branch of tree or a hat on a stick, which gave rise to the umbrella, as we know it today.