jewelry boxes, combs, and mirror frames made from human hair
Haruki Murakami and Alexander Groves of London
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China\'s Shandong province is the world\'s largest exporter.
The result of this study is the hair Road, \"contemporary presentation of the ancient Silk Road,\" in the process they explore the possibility of using this renewable resource of human hair to make a series of objects, these objects do not reveal their raw materials at first sight.
Groves wrote in an email that the project started when they were looking for an alternative to using tortoiseshell to collect glasses frames.
\"Hair is a growing natural resource worldwide,\" he said . \"
\"We know that China imports the most tropical wood from slow wood.
We hope to explore the possibility of using traditional Chinese processes with sustainable materials.
Hair, the designer points out, is a solid material;
A single stock can withstand the weight of 100 grams.
\"There are about 120,000 hairs in ordinary people, so in theory a person\'s hair may cost 12 tons . \"
Two elephants! \" Groves said.
Asia\'s hair is thicker and faster than any other type of hair, he added: Europe\'s hair is 10mm long per month on average, compared to Asia\'s average of 13mm long per month.
He says the per capita GDP is about 10 miles per year.
The use of human hair as a design material has a long history.
Victorian people are known for their love of hair products, they will weave commemorative, mourning or other sentimental jewelry from human hair, they will usually use a lock of their lover\'s hair
Groves noted that in the 13 th century, in the present southwestern United States, Anasazi women knit socks with their own hair.
Recently, human hair can be used for amino acid L-
Half cysteine acid that can be added to baked goods.
Hair road projects include cunning self
Refer to the hair comb and the frame base of the jewelry box and pattern mirror.
In order to make these items, the designers poured natural pine fat on the factory.
Processed hair, consisting of washed, combed, straightened, and trimmed human hair that could have been given a second life as a wig, wig, or hair extension.
After putting the mixture into the silicone mold, they worked with the local carpenter who cut the mixture into a series of polished, high
Shanghai\'s inspiration in 1930deco style.
\"The wood craftsmen gathered around us to study this material, but they also adapted it quickly,\" Groves said . \".
\"In the hair factory, hair is a very dehumanizing material for them, but they are impressed and surprised by the resin composite.
\"Designers say their composites\" provide a sustainable alternative to the decreasing natural resources on earth, with the beauty of a texture reminiscent of turtles and hard wood similar to polished horns or exotic.
\"But as beautiful as the composite, there is a creepy base color for using the human body parts in the design.
The use of human hair has aroused chilling historical memories of the Nazis, who are said to have filled pillows with forcibly shaved human hair during the Holocaust, in the practice of using horse hair to fill the world\'s most expensive mattresses or luxury car seats from Mercedes pads, this is a terrible twist --Benz.
Groves said one of the main reasons he and Haruki Murakami traveled along the hair Road was to see and see the people who sold them their hair.
\"Selling their hair is their choice and the amount of hair they can get will increase as global demand increases.
We are used to the time, skills, goods that people sell them.
Why not their hair?
\"To travel along the hair road, check out the video below: the hair Road for the pig at Vimeo studio. --
Kristin Hohenadel\'s design work has appeared in The New York Times, Fast Company, fashion, Elle Decoration, Lonny and apartment treatment