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Henna Art Henna dye is obtained from the henna plant. The dye is a red-orange color, and the molecule produced has an affinity of bonding with protein. The dye has therefore been used to color hair, skin, fingernails, leather, wool and silk.

The Geography of Henna :

Locations of henna artifacts indicating positive henna practice were located in the eastern Mediterranean regions of Jericho, the Cycladic Islands, Catalhoyuk, Egypt, Canaan, Assyria and the Etruscan and Carthagenian Empires. This is consistent with the modern day growth regions of henna, which span from the western Sahara/Moroocan regions all the way east to India and Bangladesh.

The process of Henna body art starts with the application of henna paste to the skin, the paste essentially colours the skin to produce the tat too like appearance on the subject. The exact origin of henna art does not point to one single source, as there are different words for henna in ancient languages, which indicates that there was more than one point of origin. Henna was used to decorate young women's bodies as part of celebrations as far back as the Bronze Age, in the eastern Mediterranean.

People wanting to adorn themselves with henna, have raised questions regarding darkness or lightness of the henna stains, how long will they remain and related issues. Generally, henna stains are darker where the skin is thicker and lighter where skin is thinner.

Further questions include safety, pain-causing and stain duration. The safety of henna is supposedly safe, as long as the henna is only mixed with natural oils (called terping) in this instance, when only natural items are used it is 100% natural and safe, and does not cause skin irritations. This must not be confused with black henna or black mehndi which contain chemical dyes and are known to cause severe allergic reactions, bare in mind that natural henna is Red, not any other color. As the henna is drawn or painted onto the skin, it is not painful at all. The henna stains, dependant on how long it is left on the skin, and where applied, can remain for 2 to 3 weeks.

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Category: Women  - ( Women Archive)

Date Added: 19 October '08


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