Hair Wreath / Art

January 21, 2011

Hair WreathWreaths can be an exceptional symbol of love from the family unit, often constructed with the hair of the entire family. The simple nature of the weaves and the size of the pieces make them memorials that could be constructed at home, much the same as a sampler. They can relate to being a form of folk art, as they are culture specific and each is unique to its own family.

Frames range from the naïve to the opulent and the hair artistry can be as simple as weaves of hair into primitive flowers or rich bouquets involving several colours of hair. Sentimental words can also be found in hairwork wreaths, with the statement being the popular memorial of the time (such as ‘in memory of’).

Hair WreathWreaths did transcend the family unit, however, as professional weavers could be commissioned to produce a hair wreath. These would be displayed in the home, affixed to a wall or on an easel. This particular wreath shows a great depth in the kinds of hairwork, the fine work to the flowers and its organic design.

2 Responses to “Hair Wreath / Art”

  1. Bob Says:

    I find the concept of hair-work jewelry and displays fascinating. Victorian jewelry has been one of my interests. Locally, there is a Lace Museum in Sunnyvale, CA, that has a collection of lace work done in hair. Thanks for the wealth of info you have on your site.

    • Many thanks for the kind words, Bob! That Lace Museum with the lace hairwork sounds fascinating – I don’t want to impose, but do you think you could send along any information/pictures about it? I’d love to feature it and put it into historical context.

      Keep checking back as it’s going to be a busy month at Art of Mourning!

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