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Kurt Tong: Combing for Ice and Jade

Kurt Tong: Combing for Ice and Jade

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Combing for Ice and Jade is a love note from Kurt Tong to his nanny, who was one of the last remaining ‘self combed’ women left in China. An early form of Feminism, the comb up ceremony granted women great autonomy at a great cost. Kurt Tong has worked closely with his nanny over a period of nearly 7 years. Having only 8 photographs of herself, the book is an exploration of her extraordinary life. Her story is slowly revealed through the book, combined with Kurt’s family archive, found photographs from her extended families, new photographs, Chinese ink works and women’s magazines from China that spanned 6 decades.


Title: Combing for Ice and Jade
Publisher: Jiazazhi, 2019
Author: Kurt Tong
Photographer: Kurt Tong, Anonymous
Graphic Design: -
Format: Hardcover
Size: 24.5 x 17.5 cm, 278 pages, 8 booklets
Edition: 700 copies

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