|photo St Tyl|
These felt capes were made of yack wool, sheep wool and human hair in
the beginning of the 20th century Yunnan, China. Several times a day Yi women would brush their thick hair an take what was left in the bristles to their master. The use of long silky hair served as a network for felting with the yack and sheep wool, creating here a particularly dense and almost waterproof felt.
on display at
an exhibit about hair
at the Musée du quai Branly
for more information see:
the Soul of the Felt Cloak and The Nuosu Yi