Hair wreaths are a Victorian Cultural Tradition. Practiced in Europe and North America during the 1800s. They were used to commemorate social groups: Families, Church congregations, and Schools.
Protestant ideals influence the design: the wreaths are U shaped upturned to receive the heavens.
The wreath represents a single family’s lineage. Each flower is made from a different relatives hair, symbolizing their independent identity and their presence within the family as a whole. The aesthetic traditions and craft techniques were passed from elder women to younger generations, honoring traditions and heritage.
During the Victorian era hair had sentimental value. Gifting a lock of hair was a gesture of affection, something tangible, a keepsake.
Wreaths were a medium for remembrance, legacy and immortality
Ideas for a Lesson Plan:
A unified class project! Students work independently and collaboratively to create a paper flower chain.
1. Each student writes their name on a sheet of paper colored craft paper.
2.To personalize make it uniquely theirs they can add more text : something that they love, relate to, something that makes them happy, something that they feel is special to them.
3. Then using the personalized tissue paper construct a paper flower! Multiple different designs and Easy DIY online instructions
very simple (good for younger students)
more complex (for older students)
Once the students have completed their individual flowers they can attach them to an oval template or string to see them as a collection!
Recently I am trying to think of activities where students get to work together, cooperatively and have some sort of ceremony… where they can witness each other’s work and progress, their independence and class unity.