Haariges Handwerk

Blick in eine indische Perückenmanufaktur.

CHENNAI, INDIA - NOVEMBER 11: A worker hand makes a wig at Raj Hair International November 11, 2016 in Thiruttani, India. Raj Hair International donates wigs to cancer patients in India and also exports hair products, including weaves and wigs, to 56 countries. All of the hair they export comes from Tamil Nadu, 1/4 of which is temple hair and the rest comes from comb waste that people sell. They estimate that it takes 1 full month to make one wig by hand. The process of shaving ones hair and donating it to the Gods is known as tonsuring. It is common for Hindu believers to tonsure their hair at a temple as a young child, and also to celebrate a wish coming true, such as the birth of a baby or the curing of an illness. The "temple hair", as it's known, is then auctioned off to a processing plant and then sold as pricey wigs and weaves in the US, Europe and Africa. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

Die Firma Raj Hair International spendet Perücken an Krebspatienten in Indien und exportiert Echthaar-Produkte in über fünfzig Länder. Das Ausgangsmaterial kommt aus Tamil Nadu, im Süden Indiens. Ein Grossteil des Haars sind Kammabfälle, deren Verkauf zum Lebensunterhalt der Spenderinnen beiträgt. Rund ein Viertel ist Tempelhaar, das den Göttern geopfert wurde.

CHENNAI, INDIA - NOVEMBER 11: A worker processes hair at Raj Hair International November 11, 2016 in Thiruttani, India. Raj Hair International donates wigs to cancer patients in India and also exports hair products, including weaves and wigs, to 56 countries. All of the hair they export comes from Tamil Nadu, 1/4 of which is temple hair and the rest comes from comb waste that people sell. They estimate that it takes 1 full month to make one wig by hand. The process of shaving ones hair and donating it to the Gods is known as tonsuring. It is common for Hindu believers to tonsure their hair at a temple as a young child, and also to celebrate a wish coming true, such as the birth of a baby or the curing of an illness. The "temple hair", as it's known, is then auctioned off to a processing plant and then sold as pricey wigs and weaves in the US, Europe and Africa. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

Kammabfälle werden manuell sortiert. Bis eine Perücke fertiggestellt ist, dauert es ungefähr einen Monat. (Tiruttani, Indien, 11. November 2016)

CHENNAI, INDIA - NOVEMBER 11: A worker processes hair at Raj Hair International November 11, 2016 in Thiruttani, India. Raj Hair International donates wigs to cancer patients in India and also exports hair products, including weaves and wigs, to 56 countries. All of the hair they export comes from Tamil Nadu, 1/4 of which is temple hair and the rest comes from comb waste that people sell. They estimate that it takes 1 full month to make one wig by hand. The process of shaving ones hair and donating it to the Gods is known as tonsuring. It is common for Hindu believers to tonsure their hair at a temple as a young child, and also to celebrate a wish coming true, such as the birth of a baby or the curing of an illness. The "temple hair", as it's known, is then auctioned off to a processing plant and then sold as pricey wigs and weaves in the US, Europe and Africa. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

Haarwäsche: Das Tempelhaar wird gewaschen ….

CHENNAI, INDIA - NOVEMBER 11: Hair is dried after a wash at Raj Hair International November 11, 2016 in Thiruttani, India. Raj Hair International donates wigs to cancer patients in India and also exports hair products, including weaves and wigs, to 56 countries. All of the hair they export comes from Tamil Nadu, 1/4 of which is temple hair and the rest comes from comb waste that people sell. They estimate that it takes 1 full month to make one wig by hand. The process of shaving ones hair and donating it to the Gods is known as tonsuring. It is common for Hindu believers to tonsure their hair at a temple as a young child, and also to celebrate a wish coming true, such as the birth of a baby or the curing of an illness. The "temple hair", as it's known, is then auctioned off to a processing plant and then sold as pricey wigs and weaves in the US, Europe and Africa. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

… und anschliessend zum Trocknen aufgehängt.

CHENNAI, INDIA - NOVEMBER 11: A worker measures hair Raj Hair International November 11, 2016 in Thiruttani, India. Raj Hair International donates wigs to cancer patients in India and also exports hair products, including weaves and wigs, to 56 countries. All of the hair they export comes from Tamil Nadu, 1/4 of which is temple hair and the rest comes from comb waste that people sell. They estimate that it takes 1 full month to make one wig by hand. The process of shaving ones hair and donating it to the Gods is known as tonsuring. It is common for Hindu believers to tonsure their hair at a temple as a young child, and also to celebrate a wish coming true, such as the birth of a baby or the curing of an illness. The "temple hair", as it's known, is then auctioned off to a processing plant and then sold as pricey wigs and weaves in the US, Europe and Africa. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

Massarbeit: Die Haarstränge werden nach Länge sortiert.

CHENNAI, INDIA - NOVEMBER 11: Curly hair is seen at Raj Hair International November 11, 2016 in Thiruttani, India. Raj Hair International donates wigs to cancer patients in India and also exports hair products, including weaves and wigs, to 56 countries. All of the hair they export comes from Tamil Nadu, 1/4 of which is temple hair and the rest comes from comb waste that people sell. They estimate that it takes 1 full month to make one wig by hand. The process of shaving ones hair and donating it to the Gods is known as tonsuring. It is common for Hindu believers to tonsure their hair at a temple as a young child, and also to celebrate a wish coming true, such as the birth of a baby or the curing of an illness. The "temple hair", as it's known, is then auctioned off to a processing plant and then sold as pricey wigs and weaves in the US, Europe and Africa. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

Auch Locken sind gefragt: Damit sich das glatte Haar wellt, …..

CHENNAI, INDIA - NOVEMBER 11: A worker processes hair into a curly style at Raj Hair International November 11, 2016 in Thiruttani, India. Raj Hair International donates wigs to cancer patients in India and also exports hair products, including weaves and wigs, to 56 countries. All of the hair they export comes from Tamil Nadu, 1/4 of which is temple hair and the rest comes from comb waste that people sell. They estimate that it takes 1 full month to make one wig by hand. The process of shaving ones hair and donating it to the Gods is known as tonsuring. It is common for Hindu believers to tonsure their hair at a temple as a young child, and also to celebrate a wish coming true, such as the birth of a baby or the curing of an illness. The "temple hair", as it's known, is then auctioned off to a processing plant and then sold as pricey wigs and weaves in the US, Europe and Africa. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

… bedarf es einer Spezialbehandlung.

Für Hindus ist es üblich, ihr Haar als Opfergabe für die Erfüllung eines Wunsches im Tempel zu spenden, wie zum Beispiel für die Geburt eines Kindes oder die Heilung einer schweren Krankheit. Das Tempelhaar, wie es genannt wird, wird dann an eine Perückenfabrik versteigert und als Echthaar-Perücke in die USA, Europa und Afrika verkauft.

THIRUTTANI, INDIA - NOVEMBER 10: 28 year old Rupa has her hair shaven to donate to the Gods at the Thiruthani Murugan Temple November 10, 2016 in Thiruttani, India. Rupa donated her hair with the wish that her daughter's illness is cured. The process of shaving ones hair and donating it to the Gods is known as tonsuring. It is common for Hindu believers to tonsure their hair at a temple as a young child, and also to celebrate a wish coming true, such as the birth of a baby or the curing of an illness. The "temple hair", as it's known, is then auctioned off to a processing plant and then sold as pricey wigs and weaves in the US, Europe and Africa. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

Rupa (28) lässt sich aus Dankbarkeit über die Genesung ihrer Tochter die Haare abrasieren, um sie den Göttern im Tiruttani-Murugan-Tempel zu spenden.

THIRUTTANI, INDIA - NOVEMBER 10: 59 year old Laksmi has her head shaved at the Thiruthani Murugan Temple November 10, 2016 in Thiruttani, India. Her daughter was sick but she got better, so she wanted to show the Gods her gratitude by shaving her head. The process of shaving ones hair and donating it to the Gods is known as tonsuring. It is common for Hindu believers to tonsure their hair at a temple as a young child, and also to celebrate a wish coming true, such as the birth of a baby or the curing of an illness. The "temple hair", as it's known, is then auctioned off to a processing plant and then sold as pricey wigs and weaves in the US, Europe and Africa. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

Auch Laksmi dankt den Göttern für die Erfüllung ihres Wunsches mit der Spende ihrer Haare.

CHENNAI, INDIA - NOVEMBER 11: Workers hand make wigs at Raj Hair International November 11, 2016 in Thiruttani, India. Raj Hair International donates wigs to cancer patients in India and also exports hair products, including weaves and wigs, to 56 countries. All of the hair they export comes from Tamil Nadu, 1/4 of which is temple hair and the rest comes from comb waste that people sell. They estimate that it takes 1 full month to make one wig by hand. The process of shaving ones hair and donating it to the Gods is known as tonsuring. It is common for Hindu believers to tonsure their hair at a temple as a young child, and also to celebrate a wish coming true, such as the birth of a baby or the curing of an illness. The "temple hair", as it's known, is then auctioned off to a processing plant and then sold as pricey wigs and weaves in the US, Europe and Africa. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

Handarbeit: Es dauert einen Monat, bis eine Perücke fertiggestellt ist.

CHENNAI, INDIA - NOVEMBER 11: A woman adjusts wigs on display at Raj Hair International November 11, 2016 in Thiruttani, India. Raj Hair International donates wigs to cancer patients in India and also exports hair products, including weaves and wigs, to 56 countries. All of the hair they export comes from Tamil Nadu, 1/4 of which is temple hair and the rest comes from comb waste that people sell. They estimate that it takes 1 full month to make one wig by hand. The process of shaving ones hair and donating it to the Gods is known as tonsuring. It is common for Hindu believers to tonsure their hair at a temple as a young child, and also to celebrate a wish coming true, such as the birth of a baby or the curing of an illness. The "temple hair", as it's known, is then auctioned off to a processing plant and then sold as pricey wigs and weaves in the US, Europe and Africa. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

Der Showroom von Raj Hair International in Tiruttani, Indien.

CHENNAI, INDIA - NOVEMBER 11: A worker boxes hair Raj Hair International November 11, 2016 in Thiruttani, India. Raj Hair International donates wigs to cancer patients in India and also exports hair products, including weaves and wigs, to 56 countries. All of the hair they export comes from Tamil Nadu, 1/4 of which is temple hair and the rest comes from comb waste that people sell. They estimate that it takes 1 full month to make one wig by hand. The process of shaving ones hair and donating it to the Gods is known as tonsuring. It is common for Hindu believers to tonsure their hair at a temple as a young child, and also to celebrate a wish coming true, such as the birth of a baby or the curing of an illness. The "temple hair", as it's known, is then auctioned off to a processing plant and then sold as pricey wigs and weaves in the US, Europe and Africa. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

Fertig für den Versand: Eine Arbeiterin verpackt Perücken in Schachteln. (Fotos: Allison Joyce/Getty Images)