Posted by txilar on May 25, 2002 at 02:32:11:
was surprised, but only in the "Thank God!!!" kind of way. He was the
first dark skinned individual I worked on (Ina won't let me *near*
her with henna!) and it was great to know that my sense of design
worked AND (more important) the excellent aromatic henna power worked
I was just looking over Spellstone before leaving work and those are
EXXXXXXXXCCCCCCCELLENT designs. I'm going to try some resist work on
my feet this weekend (I snagged the digicam from work so I can share
any reasonabl results).
Tunisia and Morocco coming up eh??? Me drools!!!
: Mauritania certainly doesn't seem to suffer from the misconception
: that "henna doesn't work on black skin". Thank goodness!
: henna is absolutely gorgeous, and last I noticed, the folks are
: ...mmmmmmmmmm.... DARK.
: At the last Indian "night of the henna", 3 women whom I hennaed sat
: and fussed that they were "too dark for henna to look nice". (Sound
: of Catherine banging head on table). In India, certainly, the caste
: system has brainwashed women into envying pale skin like American
: women envy big boobs. (Dumb on both counts, IMHO) It truely is a
: widely held notion in India that henna only looks "right" on the
: lightest skin. To me, this either indicates some serious
: in the henna mixes, or some conceptual problems in the society.
: (there's a well-known phrase, "you can be dark and rich, or you can
: light and poor, but if you're dark and poor, you'll never get a
: husband"). If the local henna artist is only getting dreamsicle
: stains ... of course that will be interpreted as "henna doesn't work
: on dark skin". Bad henna doesn't work on dark skin.
: Good henna, done right, is gorgeous on dark skin!
: I swear ... the only reason anyone should have the impression that
: henna "doesn't work" on dark skin is that the local henna artist
: doesn't know how to MAKE IT WORK. I hope I can do more, more, more
: research on African henna, along with Erfan and Alex, because henna
: traditions there are so rich and so unknown here!
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