Thoughts on horse hair (part one)

In this article I want to consider the final material to go on the bow, the hair. Usually, no one questions its provenance but being ‘in the trade,’ I wanted to find out more about it, in particular, how ethically it is sourced. Bow hair comes from many parts of the world. Various countries in eastern Asia supply much of it, but other countries contribute too including Canada, the USA, Argentina and Australia. The hair I use comes from China and I was keen to find out as much as I could about its origins and the welfare of the animals who supply it. The almost total inability to discover any answers to these questions has prompted this article. Reports vary in their opinions. Jhang Jianggai

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