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Published on May 14th, 2009 | by Kelly Rand

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Yearn Worthy Yarn: Your Hair

So I’m going to put this up there with spinning yarn from your dog’s hair; interesting that it can be done, but not quite yearn worthy (stray strands of hair sometimes really freak me out.)

But using your hair, human hair, as fiber to create clothing can be done, as this woman from Romania has shown us. (Hat tip to CraftStylish for the story.)

Bistrita Nasaud, grew her hair from the age of 16 until it was 40 inches long so she could weave it and created nine items of clothing out of her hair.

While it looks like she did not technically knit with her hair, it seems that the same basic principals of collecting and spinning dog hair would apply here. And talk about a renewable resource! If your hair grows as twice as fast as mine, I bet you could have a skein to begin knitting with in no time.

My favorite part of this story? That Nasaud praises the characteristics of human hair in that it is “comfortable and warm.”

So what do you think? Interesting use of an unconventional fiber or are your gag reflexes kicking in?


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Kelly covers visual arts in and around Washington, DC for DCist and is editor of Crafting a Green World. Kelly has also been published by Bust Magazine and you can find her byline at Indie Fixx and Etsy’s Storque and has taught in Etsy’s virtual lab on the topic of green crafting. Kelly helps organize Crafty Bastards: Arts and Crafts Fair, one of the largest indie craft fairs on the east coast and has served on the Craft Bastard’s jury since 2007. Kelly is also co-founder of Hello Craft a nonprofit trade association dedicated to the advancement of independent crafters and the handmade movement. Kelly resides in Washington, D.C. and believes that handmade will save the world.



5 Responses to Yearn Worthy Yarn: Your Hair

  1. Sharon in SF says:

    In “Knit Lit” book 1, there was a story about a woman who took great pains to produce a sweater from her dog’s hair and ended up smelling so awful on the first misty day she wore it that she put the sweater in the garbage can … whereupon she got calls complaining about a dead animal smell in her trash cans. It just doesn’t sound like a good idea!

  2. laura says:

    Honestly, using human hair to weave just seems creepy to me.

    Of course, I read way too much stuff about the Holocaust and WWII (the Nazis used to make haircloth from the hair of the Jews they were gassing in the camps.)

    I’ll keep to wool, plastic bags and acrylic yarn. :)

  3. Cerise says:

    Gag reflexes. I’m not a hair lover. Good idea for those who could stand it though!

  4. Bob says:

    Wasn’t a hair shirt some Biblical reference?

    a garment or undergarment made of animal hair (a hairshirt) used in some religious traditions to induce some degree of discomfort or pain as a sign of repentance and atonement.

  5. I really liked your blog! It would be soooo helpful to me if you could find it in your heart to write an article about human hair extensions.

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