Material

Human hair

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Circular 229 Fibre 71 Human material 19 Recyclable 130 Recycled 130 Textile 98 Cotton 17 Human hair 10 Wool 10

Human hair
Human hair
Human hair
Human hair
Human hair
Human hair
Human hair
Human hair
Human hair
Human hair
Human hair
Human hair
Human hair

Photos: OofVerschuren, styling by ImFongLiu, Mateusz Janas, Felipe Carboni, Fan_Liao, Savine Schoorl.

Haar Haar

We spend so much time and money taking care of our hair through washing, brushing, styling or adding hair extensions. Yet when we visit a hairdresser, we leave it useless on the floor. Focusing on the transition from appreciating our hair to deeming it as waste, Haar Haar aims to give the material we treasured a new life. It highlights the short switch from appreciating hair to feeling disgusted by it, even though it is the same material. Haar Haar reveals hair as a valuable resource and provides people the opportunity to encounter the qualities of their wasted hair in its second life.

Our hair, when we show it, cover it, or remove it, is part of our personality and social/cultural groups to which we feel connected. Aware or unaware, we communicate through our hair about our identity. Where we stand for, or what we like. But we do not have an opinion on what to do with our hair when we leave them useless on the ground at the hair salon.

In the last few years, it has become more common to add hair extensions to your own hair either to create more length and volume, or to try out new hairstyles. After a few months of wearing, the extensions get discarded. The long length of the extensions allows Savine to weave them into textile pieces and braid them into three-dimensional forms, to admire their refinement and let them behave like yarn.

Making process

1. Selecting the hair extensions by length and colour.
2. Washing and brushing the hair.
3. Weaving them by hand on a traditional weaving loom.

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Ingredients

Human hair, wool, cotton