In the small town of Avanos in Turkey, 16,000 locks of female hair hang from a pottery house. And while the Cappodocian area of Turkey has been well-known for its pottery for thousands of years, it’s this human hair museum that’s bringing in the tourists.
The story goes that the local potter, Galip Korukcu was saying goodbye to a friend when he asked her for something to remember her by. She cut a piece of her hair to leave as a reminder and the potter put it in his shop. As visitors passed through, the potter would tell the story behind this lock of hair, and ‘not to be outdone’, other women decided to leave their own hair with him.
And now all that hair is lining the walls of this cave. Women who come here are invited to snip off a few strands of hair and attach them to a card with their contact details. And why wouldn’t you? Twice a year Korukcu asks a customer to choose 10 winning hair samples from the walls and the owners of these locks receive a free week-long stay in the adjoining guesthouse and workshops with the master potter.
Via Atlas Obscura