Gina Hellweger: Manchu Hair Pins

The Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1912) was the last dynasty before the Republic of China. The conquerors came from Manju, or Manchuria, now known as the Northeast provinces. The Manchu people adopted Han Chinese cultural traditions, which can be seen in their Imperial hair ornaments. Kingfisher feathers from the Han are combined with coral, jade, pearls, and beaded shapes to form fantastically ornate creations.

Our new author, artist, and collector, Gina Hellweger and her family spent 6 of her 45 years abroad in China. Indeed, she lived in all the areas where she collected combs. Her Chinese collection “is a pleasure for the eyes because you can listen to nature.” I think when you see her taste in Manchu hair pins, you will hear the same passionate wind. It is my pleasure to welcome her to our community.

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2 Responses to Gina Hellweger: Manchu Hair Pins

  1. Thank you very much for the warm welcome into the club of ” hair adornment ” lovers – it’s nice to find friends that share the same ” madness ” worldwide – thank you Barbara for bringing us all together !

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