Nowadays in Western cultures, combs have lost their soul because they are made on assembly lines in China, India and so on.

The talented hand of man has disappeared.

In Europe and America, when all women wore long hair, hairdressing accessories flourished and artists' creativity had no bounds.

But in the early twentieth century, the crafts era changed to the industrial one. A little later, women became emancipated.  They needed to work (especially during the war) and had to wear short and easy-to-groom hair. A fragile ornament would have been a hindrance in their hectic lives.

But the desire to be attractive is still alive, and human creativity cannot be extinguished. 

Sometimes you can be lucky enough to find recent combs, often unique, designed and made by jewellers or craftsmen.

There is no clearly defined artistic movement or style, strictly speaking, these ornaments express completely individual talents.

In other cultures, things are changing too. In Africa for instance, artists and craftsmen keep on carvings hair ornaments, but more and more for the tourist market. It has become difficult, but not impossible, to find interesting pieces.

In Japan, traditions are still living and beautiful kushi or kogai ornaments are sold in shops, but they are less precious.

We do not know what is the new hair ornaments fashion is in modern China or India, but undoubtly, there are undoubtedly talented designers.

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Wood comb, pink cabochons. USA, late 20th c.
Figurative hairpins, silver and wood. Germany, late 20th c.
Figurative comb. Horn, USA, 2000
Scandinavian design. Silver. Made in Mexico, 2000
Doberman dog, tree and roots. Silver, USA, late 20th c.
Western Greek. Silver. USA, late 20th c.
Mother and son. Wood. Ivory Coast, 2000
Original design, wood. Africa, 2000
Attributed to George salo. USA, late 19th c.
Traditional shape but modern colour. Spain 1990-2000