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

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Posted by Lateefa on May 24, 2002 at 23:40:45:

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.
: 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,
: 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.
: anyone know the chemistry involved here?
: Re: wedding henna. Women said that bridal henna should be red, and
: paste was removed from hands and feet (using rose water and basil
: branches or mint branches) as soon as the application was
: The color was usually bright light orange, rather than red. (The
: you don't want to get, I bet.)
I agree with you that the light orange colour for the weddings.
: Interesting thread for me!
: p


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