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The second type of Victorian hairwork is called “table worked” hair. The hair was actually woven and worked like lace. This hair weaving technique is done using a special table with a hole through the center. The hair is weighted with bobbins and the weaving is similar to bobbin lace. The hair is prepared, counted, weighted and placed on the table. With this technique, the hair was woven into coils and threads used to make chains, bracelets, earrings, crosses, rings, etc. Not all hair used in these designs was human hair. Occasionally coarser horse hair was substituted.
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