Welcome to the Hairpin Museum
The Hairpin Museum was established on Chinese New Year's Eve in 2011. We have thousands of objects in our collections and undertake scientific, technical and historical research on hairpins and hair ornaments.
At the Hairpin Museum we are committed to the conservation, care and protection of all kinds of hair ornaments and all kinds of materials. Our objects are made from a wide range of organic and inorganic materials: metals such as silver, bronze, brass or nickel silver; natural materials such as jade and shell; and synthetic materials such as glass. Natural organic materials are represented by wood, bamboo, bone, antler, horn and tortoiseshell, etc. The collections also contain some early synthetic materials such as celluloid. These materials deteriorate with age and objects made from celluloid are quite rare today.
The objects in our collections come from all ages. There are archaeological objects excavated from graves, as well as historical hairpins from the Ching Dynasty. We also collect modern styles of hairpins and combs.
Hairstyles in China
This picture was taken in 2011.6.27 in 福建泉州 in China. The woman wears real flowers and some special hair ornaments to decorate her hair.
The Story Behind a Postcard in 1904
This postcard was sent in 1904 from 青島 to Germany. The sender doesn't agree that the picture....
Modern Chinese Woman Dressed as an Elegant Chin Dynasty Lady
A Chinese woman wearing an antique embroidered dress and with a big hair bun held in place by a lot of antique hairpins....
New Extra Pages (2011.4.10)
In 2011.04.10 the Hairpin Museum added an extra page about the correct and incorrect ways to clean hairpins.
Read more here
(hairpin hospital -> cleaning)
Hairpin Museum Facebook Page
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The Hallmarks Behind the Hairpins
Most of the hairpins in our collections were originally bought from a
silversmith's shop or jeweller's. The shop would often have their own signature
that they leave on the hairpins they sold.....
Here are some very unique hairstyles in early China. You can never how they did it 100 years ago!
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This girl is wearing real, antique hairpins in the traditional style.
Go to the “Old Postcards” and “Hairpins in Use” Galleries to see more images of how hairpins were used in the past …