Re: Wode?

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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on July 2, 2002 at 17:16:16:

In reply to: Wode? posted by Mika on July 2, 2002 at 14:17:48:

: I remember a dissucion about wode in here somewhere. Please
: forgive me for the request, but could someone direct me to info
: on it. Where can i find it?

I've been away, (and still am), so I may have missed a more relevant
answer....... but the article linked below is on woading traditions,
how to do "new woad" (which isn't woad but is a good likeness). Woad
is a cousin of indigo, and can be used to stain the skin. The
technique of extracting the indigol from woad is far more difficult
than henna. Indigol from indigo can leave a stain that is the color
of jeans, but you have to use indigo not more than 10 days fresh from
the plant, and you have to reapply it 3 times. If you do that, you
get a good looking piece. The indigol molecule is small, like henna,
so it will stain skin a nice blue ...... but in practice, the
technique is very difficult because of the lumpy guacamole texture of
the paste, and if you don't have access to fresh indigo, you'll get

Indigols were used in addition to, in place of, and as an alternate
to henna in a few instances and places in history. Henna's a damn
sight easier and more reliable, and was far more often the body
adornment of choice.


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