Re: Preserving Reds and other wedding advice needed
Posted by Marina Waltz on August 24, 2002 at 03:24:14:
I'm sorry I don't have any suggestions for keeping the henna red but
I can tell you about the Indian henna nights I attended as a guest.
From other people's descriptions in this forum of their experiences
I realize that customs must differ. My friends are Indians from
East Africa and are Ismaili. I don't know if any of these facts
have significance in the way things were done at their henna nights
or not. These weddings also happened a long time ago and things may
be done differently now.
Anyway, at each occasion the bride was the ONLY one the mehandi
artist applied henna to. The artist used a cone and covered the
bride's hands and feet with very intricate designs, which, as I
recall took most of the evening. The rest of us were given dishes
with henna paste and toothpicks with which we hennaed ourselves
and/or each other.
I was the only one at these events who was not Indian and the other
women were all very helpful and supportive of me since this was a
new experience for me. They patiently showed me what to do and
answered all my questions. By the end of the evening they all
wanted to see the design I had put on my hand. I remember my first
few experiences with those toothpicks and they were EXCEPTIONALLY
kind with their praise of my efforts! :)
I'm not sure if I have been any help here or not. I wasn't
absolutely certain from your post if the henna night for the
relatives is a separate occasion from the bride's henna night. If
that's the case, what I wrote above probably won't apply at all.
Lauren, these are such wonderful evenings and I know you're going to
have a fabulous time! I'm looking forward to hearing all about it.
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