I spent yesterday looking through a number of books and later web sites on the different types of combs. I also pondered
the Djet comb again, along with going over your posts to make sure I hadn't missed anything.
I found a number of combs that looked very similar in style to the Djet comb but they came from very different cultures
and time frames. Whether they were used for hair or weaving I still can't determine. You could be right in a literal usage
sense. But my context was one of symbolic representation. Many of these combs had engraving representative of the
culture they came from.
I won't be-labour this but I will give you something to think about. What common ground can be found between hair and
weaving? Without going into a long diatribe about the symbolism of hair. I will suggest that hair played an important role
in many ancient cultures. I have looked at the use of plaits, braiding, style, length, colour etc. What side of the head the
plaits or braiding meant something as well as the shape. They all meant something just as knots did with string and
thread. Many religions insisted the hair especially of women be covered so as not offend. I would also suggest that
combs could be used in a decorative sense or for holding hair in place as opposed for physically combing it.
I was fortunate enough to watch a weaver on the Isle of Harris weaving Harris Tweed. He explained the use of thread
counts, colour and patterns in the traditions and culture of Harris and the fact it was patented. I also learned about
tartans and how important these factors played a part in determining their usage.
If the only thing you disagreed with on my initial post was my thoughts on the symbolism of the comb. I can accept that.
I only offer my opinions on symbolic representation and what they mean from my perspective from what I have learned.
Thank you for bringing up the subject. It gave me the chance to go back and look at things I had collected a decade ago.
Things that I had overlooked at the time have only added to my reservoir of knowledge and understanding.
If there was something that proved useful to your own research then I'm pleased.