Hair today, gone tomorrow

March 21, 2018

 

My wife’s family had hair jewelry – her great-grandmother’s hair and her grandmother’s jewelry – which we display every Christmas as part of our Victorian crafts exhibit. When tour-goers visit, they never fail to squirm at the idea of wearing a dead ancestor’s hair as a ring or bracelet. "Skeevy" is the word most often used to describe the tradition. The following is part of an essay on the subject written by Judy Knight.

 

From Hair to Eternity

By Judy Knight</