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Would You Decorate Your Home With Human Hair?

Journey along China's "hair highway" and see how human hair can be used as a renewable resource in an unexpected industry: home decor. This captivating short film by design collaborative Studio Swine and filmmaker Juriaan Booij provides a fascinating view into China’s billion-dollar hair trade and explores an array of exquisite objects created using human hair as a key ingredient.

According to Studio Swine, “China is both the largest importer of tropical hardwood and the biggest exporter of human hair.” To provide a sustainable alternative to hardwood, the designers mix the hair with natural resins, creating a composite material that can mimic tortoiseshell, polished horn, or exotic hardwoods. This stunning short film captures the entire process from haircut to final product, revealing a revolutionary process that may change the way you look at home decor. See more from Juriaan Booij, find out about Studio Swine, and read a Q&A with the filmmaker.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.