Re: the phenomenon of the fast vanish of the trad. use of henna -sort of on topic...babies

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Posted by Erika on September 9, 2002 at 12:40:42:

In reply to: the phenomenon of the fast vanish of the trad. use of henna in turkey posted by Erfan on September 8, 2002 at 07:25:08:

Well...this is sort of on topic....I used to sell these baby slings
that were made from beautiful woven fabics from Guatemala. Of
course I carried my own baby around in one of these slings all the
time. I ran into a guy at the pizza store who looked at me a bit
strangely. I smiled to let him know I wouldn't frwak out if he felt
like chatting. He asked me where I got my sling. I said that the
fabric was from Guatemala. He said he knew that because that's
where he was from. I asked if that was how the ladies in Guatemala
carried their babies. He said that they did in the counrty, but
that the "city women" would not use baby slings because they
wouldn't want to look like the Indians. So instead of wearing a
beautiful colorful fabric, that is part of the country's tradition,
and instead of the baby being held close to Mom, both baby and Mom
lose out to a "modern" American stroller....while the Americans are
back to seeing the benefits of wearing babies in a sling....(you
could throw the argument of breastfeeding in here too, since a lot
of people have been tricked into thinking formula is the better
modern way of feeding a baby.)


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