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

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Posted by Kenzi on May 24, 2002 at 22:36:57:

In reply to: Re: Moroccan henna... (and question about why paint thinner would make henna darker) posted by Patricia on May 24, 2002 at 17:21:31:

: Like Kenzi, I was told that black henna is not appropriate for
: weddings. In other contexts (discussing henna techniques, not
: 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
: much like black marker! I agree.

That's quite interesting. I didn't know that black was not desirable
for weddings and even that they try for a lighter color. I have
heard that they strive for a redder color.

I think black henna is ugly (sorry if I offend anyone out there)
especially PPD black henna. I think it looks very unnatural and the
color doesn't go well with any skin color. Henna looks so beautiful,
in my opinion, because it is translucent and because it is such a
natural color that it goes well with all skin tones. That said, I
don't mind the look of black tatoos...somehow the fact that it is
under the skin makes it look better.

: 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.

I'm not crazy about this either, tho I have seen some beautiful
examples of it.

: Re: additives. Marrakesh artisans use paint thinner (dilwan,
: about a teaspoon to 50 grams of henna. It is not used for bridal
: (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.

What I like about Morocco is that people seem to be aware that this
stuff is not good for you and they are very open about what
ingredients they are using, instead of pretending that they are using
secret ingredients.

p.s. I received your email but I am crazy busy getting stuff ready
for a fair this weekend. I'll get to it next weekend.


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