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Posted by Anne Beltestad on May 29, 2002 at 23:34:41:

In reply to: Pacific NW Henna Artists - Help! 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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