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Posted by Kenzi on August 27, 2002 at 20:48:54:

In reply to: FROM THE LAND OF HENNA posted by FROM THE LAND OF HENNA on August 27, 2002 at 20:09:13:

Well, all of this is very amusing, since most of us use recipes that
are worlds simpler than those used in the "Lands of Henna". If you
have indeed been lurking and reading our posts you will note that
most of us are using very fresh powder and simply lemon juice to make
our paste. For contrast, check out some packages of Indian henna
that tell you to add Oil of Such-n-Such, and Powder of This-and-That;
go to the souks of Morocco and listen to the henna sellers tell you
to add rose leaves and ammonia crystals and kerosene; go to Egypt and
watch the henna artists apply henna mixed with black hair dye (hows
that for maintaining granny's traditions!)

One of the most beautiful things about henna is it's constant
evolution over time and throughout cultures. If henna never changed
it would only be growing in North Africa and only goats with very red
mouths would ever know its pleasures. Grandmothers and great
grandmothers from many henna-loving cultures have adapted new recipes
and new ingredients as life around them evolved; they honor the
traditions of henna while making it better and better.

Thank you for your post, it will certainly get people thinking.


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