Re: Moroccan henna... (and question about why paint thinner would make henna darker)

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Posted by Patricia on May 24, 2002 at 17:21:31:

In reply to: Re: Moroccan henna... posted by Erfan on May 24, 2002 at 17:05:48:

Like Kenzi, I was told that black henna is not appropriate for
weddings. In other contexts (discussing henna techniques, not wedding
traditions) some artisans and non-artisans said that black henna is
ugly. One artisans who did quite a bit of it said that it looked too
much like black marker! I agree.

There is another technique that I'm not so fond of, and that's the
red-and-black henna obtained by applying the paste to some parts of
the design and leaving other parts natural. It's not common at
all in Marrakesh, and is always done on a floral (Khaliji) motif.

Re: additives. Marrakesh artisans use paint thinner (dilwan, diluant),
about a teaspoon to 50 grams of henna. It is not used for bridal henna
(since it is supposed to make the henna darker), or for children
(since it stings). All artisans normally use it, but in my
experiments I didn't find that it made a noticeable difference. Does
anyone know the chemistry involved here?

Re: wedding henna. Women said that bridal henna should be red, and the
paste was removed from hands and feet (using rose water and basil
branches or mint branches) as soon as the application was completed.
The color was usually bright light orange, rather than red. (The color
you don't want to get, I bet.)

Interesting thread for me!



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