Human hair turned into scented cloth by Zsofia Kollar
Human hair is loved and hated at the same time: while an adorning crown of the body, once it’s not on someone’s head it’s possibly the most despised kind of rubbage. Most probably this is the reason why, except for some isolated efforts, no one ever recognised its positive material characteristics and intended to give new life to shedded hairs. Zsofia Kollar, a Hungarian-born, Amsterdam-based designer set out on the noble mission of shifting our perception of human hair. After examining its historical and social background, she created a line of scented objects all recycling hair in an aesthetic way.
She wove strides of blond hair into a tight net, and fixed it with a spray of essential oils. It turned out that once hair was restructured into a clean, aesthetically pleasing clean form, public reaction moved away from disgust, turning more into the opposite. Kollar’s collection includes a wall hang, a trio of vases, as well as a necklace and bracelet set for those who wish for something more personal.
Both the vases and the jewellery consist of a brass tube, that is filled with scented hair. Since the structures are left open, perfume can wrap the wearer around, while the hair ensures that the smell stays for a long time. Though it is dubious whether hair will be repurposed for any practical uses in the future, Kollar’s experiment is crucial for demonstrating alternative possibilities of recycling, pointing towards a more sustainable future.
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