• Short Summary

    WIG-MAKING HAS BECOME ONE OF THE FAR EAST'S MOST RAPIDLY EXPANDING INDUSTRIES, NOWHERE HAS BENEFITED MORE FROM THE CURRENT FALSE-HAIR FASHION THAN THE COLONY OF HONG KONG.

  • Description

    WIG-MAKING HAS BECOME ONE OF THE FAR EAST'S MOST RAPIDLY EXPANDING INDUSTRIES, NOWHERE HAS BENEFITED MORE FROM THE CURRENT FALSE-HAIR FASHION THAN THE COLONY OF HONG KONG.

    IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS, 342 FACTORIES HAVE SPRUNG UP TO PRODUCE FALSE HAIR. THEY HAVE PROVIDED 12,000 NEW JOBS FOR THE COLONY'S RAPIDLY GROWING POPULATION, AND THIS YEAR ARE EXPECTED TO EARN HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF POUNDS IN EXPORTS.

    HONG KONG'S WIGS ARE SAID TO BE THE BEST IN THE WORLD. THEIR QUALITY IS THE PRODUCT OF DELICATE HAND-WORKING TECHNIQUES WHICH THE FACTORIES EMPLOY. HUMAN AND SYNTHETIC HAIR IS WASHED IN A SPECIAL DETERGENT, DISINFECTED, AND THEN OILED TO GIVE IT A BRIGHT, SMOOTH LUSTRE.

    ON AVERAGE, ABOUT EIGHT OUNCES OF HAIR GO INTO EACH WIG. AFTER WASHING AND OILING, IT IS GATHERED TOGETHER AND PLACED ON A DUMMY HEAD FOR DYEING, BRUSHING, AND STYLING. GIRLS KNIT EACH CLUMP INTO PLACE. THERE ARE SIXTEEN DIFFERENT COLOURS -- FROM BLACK TO LIGHT GOLDEN, AND STYLES VARY FROM PONY TAIL TO ELABORATE BOUFFANT. IF CURLS ARE NEEDED, THE WIG IS PLACED IN A HEATER.

    MOST OF THE FINISHED PRODUCTS GO TO THE UNITED STATES AND BRITAIN, BUT WOMEN IN AUSTRALIA, HOLLAND, SOUTH AFRICA, WEST GERMANY AND ITALY ARE ALSO BEGINNING TO BUY THESE AIDS TO VANITY. ONE HONG KONG FACTORY EVEN SELLS ITS WIGS TO THE UNITED STATES ARMY. WOMEN IN HONG KONG ITSELF ARE ALSO FOLLOWING THE WIG-WEARING TREND. PERHAPS SOME OF THOSE WHO SOLD THEIR TRESSES TO THE FACTORIES HAVE DECIDED, AFTER ALL, THAT HAIR IS IN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA77ZVDASFTEXK04JCR6JV6FSVP
    Media URN:
    VLVA77ZVDASFTEXK04JCR6JV6FSVP
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/09/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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