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Tree of Life

Monday, September 14, 2009

A braid (also called plait) is a complex structure or pattern formed by intertwining three or more strands of flexible material such as textile fibers, wire, or human hair. Compared to the process of weaving a wide sheet of cloth from two separate, perpendicular groups of strands (warp and weft), a braid is usually long and narrow, with each component strand functionally equivalent in zigzagging forward through the overlapping mass of the others.
Hairflowers and memory boards were manufactured in denmark, by a special branch of braidingteknik (which otherwise was used for wigmaking). There were manufactured various types of “tree’s of life” or bouquets, to which different family members had provided hair. Often family members’ names were stamped on the background of just the flower or branch, which was produced by just their hair, soo the work simultaneously came to form a kind family tree.

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