The African comb is an ancient form reaching back millenia. Originally, each part of the comb; the handle, the body, and the prongs had a cultural meaning. They were often carved with ornate designs and figures to indicate tribal affiliation and history as well as personal status and wealth. It was also tradition to present a comb to someone as a sign of love. In the 1960's it was nicknamed the 'afro' and became a symbol of cultural identity and the struggle for freedom and equality. SocialCreatures have given this iconic cultural object the status it deserves.
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A SocialCreatures comb is made to be used daily, and admired and treasured through many generations if cared for correctly. Our combs are designed and finished by hand in our workshop. As with all our products, we aim to achieve the highest standard of fine workmanship and use premium quality materials.
The process to complete a comb and box takes approximately 12-16hrs. Each comb is made from 3mm aluminum and weighs just 46 grams; both strong and light. All the surfaces are shaped and finished by hand to a high polish ensuring a smooth and tangle free experience. The combs are etched with a design on the handle. Finally each comb is plated to cutlery grade with either silver or 18 carat gold.
The box is made by hand using a variety of hardwoods (the box pictured uses Western Red Cedar). The surfaces are veneered in Rosewood. The high gloss finish is achieved using 5 coats of varnish. The hinges are solid brass and the lid uses a magnetic closure. The interior is lined with cork covered with satin silk.
Each comb is made to order so please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery. Bespoke etching available.