A striking Indonesia Java traditional wedding hair accessory with flowers on springs
CONDITION: this item has been used by Indonesian brides and so the odd missing rhinestone or small repair is to be expected. However the item is in good usable or display condition.
SIZE: 10 ins h x 7 ins w (25 x 18 cm) heading 3 x 7 ins (7.5 x 18 cm) flowers on springs 3½ ins high (9 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1970s
MATERIALS: metal, rhinestones
Here is an unusual headpiece which is part of the traditional headdress of a bride in Indonesia (Java).
The basis of the headdress is gold tone metal with four long tines to secure it in the hair. These attach to a triangular heading with an elaborate filigree design mounted upon it. The flowers are set with clear and AB rhinestones. Arising from the heading of the comb are three large filigree flowers, also encrusted with AB rhinestones. Each flower is set upon a spiral spring so that it quivers and trembles when the wearer moves.
The final picture illustrates similar hair accessories from contemporary sources and shows the hair styles with which they were used. Combs like this are placed at the back of the dressing in such a way as to stand proud of the head by several inches. Their beauty can then be seen from all angles and the rhinestone encrusted flowers shake and tremble when the bride moves.
This wonderful comb headdress can be worn with exotic costumes. It would also make an unusual decorator piece mounted on a wall or in a shadow box for display.
Large and elaborate headdresses are still part of the traditional dress worn on festive and ceremonial occasions such as weddings in Borneo, Sarawak, Sumatra, Java and other western islands of Indonesia. Elaborate metal headings gilded, embossed and engraved are attached to combs and worn tiara like on the front or top of the head. These are frequently accompanied by many quivering metallic pins set with rhinestones and adding sparkle.
Such hair combs and headdresses are still part of the wedding regalia for bridal couples. In the past they were passed down through families as treasured heirlooms. However many families have reluctantly sold their treasured possessions. As a result original and handsomely crafted combs and headdresses are finding their way into western collections. Complete outfits of wedding regalia for both bride and groom are now usually rented from a Pemaes or specialist company who also does the bridal make up and hairdressing for the great day.
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Unusual Indonesian hair comb rhinestone trembler flowers hair ornament accessory