A woman is trying to find a dressmaker who is willing to create a dress, featuring designs incorporating her dead mother's hair.
The bride-to-be made a sketch of the floor-length ball gown and specified that "the bodice around the midsection of the dress to have a lacy, floral design made with the hair."
Almost reassuringly, she readily admitted that the request is 'quite weird' but that she also started collecting the hair before her mother died.
I found out my mother was ill in 2014 and from that point onward I began to collect her hair.
At the time I wasn’t sure why I was collecting. However, now I think I do.
Now, while it certainly is a bizarre request and it does sound suspiciously like a scrapped idea from The Bride of Frankenstein, we should all bare in mind it isn't exactly an unheard of practice.
Supposedly, in the 19th century, the hair of the recently deceased was used as a form of mourning, for example lockets were designed to hold a lock of the person's hair or other such relics.
It is hard to use human hair as a fibre to create garments, as hair is not adapted to the textile technique we have today.
It required a lot of research (and still does) to reach the quality to make wearable material.