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Member Name: tas1
Date: 21/02/01, updated on 24/03/01 (456 review reads)
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My dissertation for university was actually on henna tattoo's.
Here are a few pointers.
Henna goes back centuries, however, it is not known for sure where henna originated from. There is evidence which suggests that henna was used in many different parts of the world at different times.
Henna was used in Spain, Africa, Asia, The Arab countries.
I had to do some intense research to find information on this topic as there was very little available. I found that there were very few books available and therefore I had to make use of the internet greatly. Those of you interested in the history of henna, I would recommend that you take a look at the following website as it is probably one of the best on this topic. (www.hennapage.com)
Different parts of the world use henna in different ways, however it is very commonly used as a decoration for the hands, especially for the bride. In India, it is almost impossible to have a wedding without putting henna on the brides hand.
Henna designs vary all over the world, in Asia, they tend to have very intricate and delicate designs, in the Arab countries they tend to use flowery designs, African designs are more bold.
Henna is not permanent, that is one of the reasons why it has become so popular in the west recently. It is a temporary tattoo.
Henna tattooing has become very popular in the west, however, there is a lot more to henna than henna tattoo's.
Henna can be done at home very cheaply. You can buy a ready made henna cone for approximately £2. This cone allows you to paint intricate henna designs. You can also buy henna powder and make your own paste. There are different ideas on what you should mix with the henna powder to make the paste. Most older people suggest that tea and a little clove oil mixed in the paste add to the colour. When henna is applied to the hands and feet of the bride, it is said that she should hold her hands
above smoke from cloves, this too adds to the colour. This does work, talking from experience.
Having henna done proffessionally costs anything between £8 a hand to £30 a hand. But prices vary depending on where you are having it done.
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