Grandma’s hair stick 嬤嬤的髮簪
In the old days, the Chinese believes that your body is a gift from your parents and you must not damage any part of it. That includes cutting your hair. That’s why people had long hair in the old days and they all used hair stick.
《孝經》有云「身體髮膚受之父母，不敢毀也，孝之始也」。 所以古時的人不論男女都會留著長髮，髮簪就變成綰定頭髮的物品。 在女性方面，它更是裝飾品和顯示身份的象徵。
BRIEF HISTORY OF HAIRSTICK
Hair sticks were used for practical and decorative purposes, as well as to show your social status. Females from wealthy families would wear hair sticks made of precious materials such as gold and embellished with precious stones. Those less well off would wear hair sticks made of silver, wood, or copper.
MY GRANDMA’S HAIR STICK
I have a hair stick at home that used to belong to my grandmother. I’m not sure how old it is, but my grandmother was born at the beginning of the 20th century, so I’m guessing it’s not far off from a century old if not over. The hair stick is 9 cm long, made of copper, and has a simple engraving on it.
I don’t think it’s worth anything, monetary wise. But to me, it’s one of the most precious possession. Every time I wear it, I think of the days I used to spend with my grand mother when I was a young child. It’s like she’s with me again.