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February 5, 2015

Hair Bouquet

Filed under: Item of the Day — Jason Onerheim @ 12:01 am

A floral, cone shaped bouquet made of hair, thread, and wire mounted on a wood block. Hair is worked into flower shapes with avariety of braiding techniques. Colorful dropped bulbs are attached by string to the center of each flower. The stems are wire wrapped with thread and are joined together at the center with wire and string. The flowers are numbered 1-50 and accompanying cards name the person whose hair corresponds to each number. This type of hairwork was popular during the 1860s and 1870s.

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