Pacific NW Henna Artists - Help!


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Posted by Kree @ Gilded Lilies on May 29, 2002 at 23:32:17:

I would like to compile a press release issuing a statement on black
henna and have it signed by every reputable Pac NW henna artist. I
intend to send it to the Seattle Times and the Seattle PI, with a
copy to the Director of NW Folklife, and perhaps other fair promoters
or other major newspapers in Oregon and BC. Any ideas for wording or
perhaps simply a compilation of one or two sentence statements with
your business name would be great. I will not send anything out
without your final draft approval. Black henna is making major
inroads at festivals around here (I know, we're a bit behind the
trend), and I just want to do my part to stop it.

Last weekend we had one of the biggest fairs of the year in Seattle -
the Seattle NW Folklife Festival. I have provided Folklife with
ample informaton on black henna in the past (as have other henna
vendors). Yet this year for the second year in a row they had a
woman doing black mehndi (in fact she was charging $2 more per design
for the black henna!). I just spent my whole weekend pleading,
discussing and begging Folklife to tell her to desist, especially
since she was telling people her recipe was "herbal black henna". I
provided tons of info and was totally brushed off by the Folklife
organizers.

When I asked them WHY they had a vendor using black henna, after all
the info I had provided, the Folklife official told me that (1) the
vendor told them it was "herbal"; (2) an Indian woman on the jury was
asked if it would be a problem, and she said it was fine; and (3)
they asked McMehndi's (you know who I mean) if it was a problem and
she said she didn't do it because she didn't want to take the risk,
but that she thought it should be an individual's decision. ( A nice
libertarian policy IF the person involved knows what the choices
involve. Since most people who get black henna think they're getting
normal henna, they're not given that choice.)

So anyway - please let me hear from you either privately or on the
forum. Anyone that has documentation problems resulting from black
henna in this part of the country, I would be interested in seeing
what you have.

Let's make a united effort to get the word about black henna out in a
clear, concise and ethical way!
Thanks,
Kree

 


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