Saturday, March 26, 2005



Black and white pattern sheets that look about the size of A3 paper are everywhere. These are patterns for henna for hands or feet. I photographed some. They stick lightly onto the hand, then henna is smoothed on as a paste. The stencil is lifted away leaving a pattern in lumpy dark brown paste. This is left on until it dries, then any debris is brushed away to leave a crisp pattern which can last seven days if you don't wash too hard. As I photographed them a young woman stopped to tell me that this is a new craze, to use the stencils. "Not as good as the old way, which needed some skill", she said.


Blogger Dorothy said...

Wonderful stories and pictures Jenny. Injoyed the read. Regards, Dorothy in Canberra.

9:29 pm  
Blogger Lynne said...

Funny you should notice henna stencils - another blog I was reading had used the stencils with sun printing paint on fabric.

9:18 am  
Anonymous Moira Nel said...

Hallo Henna,
We are South Africans that moved to Cairo a year ago.One of my hobbies is fabric painting and I am looking for a place in Cairo where I can buy fabric painting. Mayby you know a place where I can buy fanbric painting. Tank you very much. Moira

1:00 am  

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