Re: Sift vs. Grind...the true issue

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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on October 9, 2002 at 19:07:27:

In reply to: Sift vs. Grind...the true issue posted by Kenzi on October 9, 2002 at 18:33:53:

: only be saved by a better grind to begin with. A henna that is
: only slightly coarse COULD be saved by sifting but there would
: still be some loss of quantity. Right? Or am I totally off base?

I'm not sure. You certainly lose money if you have to sift. Judging
by my experience, the larger particles seem to be tougher leaf and
cellulose scrap, and may not be the best for dying anyway. If the pith
is what we want, and sifting takes out the coarser leaf and leaves the
pith, then sifting improves stain quality.

I'd have to sift a coarse henna and then comparison test the unsifted,
the chunky stuff and the sifted stuff for stain results to give you an

I think the ideal is to handpick buds, (rather than going through with
hedgetrimmer and and getting branches and all) grind them fine, sift
them fine, and don't put in shovels full of dye and grit.

I've got a paper on Somali nomadic women who handpick buds off of wild
henna trees as they travel and bring them to a co-op for grinding once
a month or so. That, to me is on target .... or the Armenian
hydroponic forced bud growth, with hand picking, all nice and clean,
with 3x dye content sounds good.


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