This mesmerizing short documentary by design collaborative Studio Swine and filmmaker Jurrian Booij takes a look at China’s “hair highway” and the billion-dollar industry that sees human hair become unexpectedly exquisite home decor.
China’s largest human hair market is based in Shandong province, according to Booij, where designers have developed techniques to combine hair with natural tree resin and produce an alternative to tropical hardwood. The resulting material resembles tortoiseshell, horn or exotic hardwoods, and is used to craft combs, vases and jewelry, among other items.
“Hair is one natural resource that is actually increasing globally,” designer Azusa Murakami told Wired. “We wanted to explore the possibility of using Chinese traditional crafts with a sustainable material.”
Watch the process below: