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  It's a hat made from his own hair
by jadedmuse
 
 

The Huli Mountain men of the Highlands are known for their extraordinary wigs...hence they are referred to as the "Wig Men". It is a custom preserved and celebrated. The Southern Highlands were the last place in Papua New Guinea to be explored. The people are warriors and subsistence farmers, with a rich culture of tradition and decoration.

The wigs are made of human hair, preferably from the person who is wearing the wig. We learned that a man will wrap a band around his head and wear it for months as he grows out his hair - he even sleeps in a certain position designed to make the blood flow to his head and increase the hair growth process.

Finally, when the hair is grown out to a manageable length, the hairs are cut off his head and he begins working on his wig. The men have different wigs for different occasions, with specific shapes and designs and even colors that signify special events. The men are really proud of their wigs and were eager to show them to us.

I tried a wig on and found that it was kind of heavy. It was kind of smelly, too.

Limited to the male gender only.

Directions: Tari, in the PNG Highlands

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 19, 2005
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