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Afro comb going back to its roots


A NEW exhibition will examine the 6,000-year history of the Afro comb.

From July, the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology in Cambridge will mount the joint exhibition, Origins of the Afro Comb, tracing the comb’s origins in Africa and bringing the story into the present with an investigation of current hair styling practices in Jamaica.

Materials on display will include hundreds of combs, from pre-dynastic Egypt to the hair picks topped with a black fist to represent America’s Black Power movement.

The exhibition will also feature an area for digital interaction, personal stories about African hair and live demonstrations of contemporary styling practices.

In addition, the exhibition’s website has been designed to include contributions from members of the public; those who use Afro combs or have an interest in cultural history.

The exhibition’s curator Sally-Ann Ashton said: “In the months during the run-up to the exhibition, we urge all people to interact with our website and share their stories.”

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