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Hair Tidy

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Hair Tidy  Mid Victorian

Bought from a flea market in Wiltshire

Made from silk scraps and ribbons

8 pointed star patterns repeated, possibly using small scraps of dress fabrics and remnants of ribbons. Pieced using the Mosaic (English paper piecing) method. The shape of the hair tidy being given by mounting on a pre-shaped form, decorated with a fine silk fringe.

In an era when long hair was the norm and the required 100 strokes of the hair brush was part of the daily routine, a hair tidy would be found in every lady’s bedroom. Often hanging on the handle of a chest or drawer the hair from the brush was safely collected and tidied away inside.

Jenny Barlow