Bravo! Very well said. I agree with what Zimra said . n/t

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Posted by Denise on October 11, 2002 at 16:15:40:

In reply to: an artist's thoughts posted by Zimra on October 11, 2002 at 15:49:37:

: First, I believe that Catherine is doing a great service to the
: community with her testing. Before this, an importer/supplier could
: say "This batch looks excessively green/twiggy, could you make it
: better next time?" to their supplier (which is a perfectly valid
: considerate thing to do). Now sellers know that with a microscope
: a certain set of procedures, they can have hard facts about what
: or is not, in the henna, and communicate that with their source.
: Catherine has no bias in this, she is simply testing what she has
: the most consistent way possible. Her goal is to increase the
: of the henna that we receive. In general. She is not looking to
: support or denigrate any particular business. She gets no financial
: gain from this. She has an inquiring mind, she wants to know what
: in the henna she uses, and she is gracious enough to share her
: results with the rest of us inquiring minds.
: I have used the same henna & supplier for years, and I have no
: intention of switching. There have been problems in the past, with
: some batches needing a bit more sifting than others, or some
: suspicious greenness... and I rest assured that when I call my
: supplier and bring these points to his or her attention, these
: concerns will be repeated to the source in India/Pakistan/wherever,
: and changes/improvements will be made. I trust my supplier and
: his/her product and integrity, which is why I keep my business
: Quite honestly, the results of these tests *themselves* have not
: made me change my mind about the henna I use, nor about which
: I would like to try. The reactions of some of the suppliers *have*
: changed my mind about wanting do business with them.
: I can understand wanting your product to be fairly represented...
: you feel it is not, get your own microscope and post the results.
: you are reluctant to do that, it makes me suspicious. It seems that
: many people who are in an uproar because their product has
: been "misrepresented" have product that could use some improvements.
: It makes me wonder how they’d react if the results came out the
: way, and their hennas looked to be the finest and cleanest. I
: doubt they would be complaining if the current batch wasn’t
: represented (or that they’d even mention it at all).
: I think the reaction to these tests *should* fall under the
: of constructive criticism. It’s not always what we want to hear,
: how else are we to improve?
: Zimra


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