Thursday 18 August 2011

A Tale Of Henna

Once upon a time there was an enchanted kingdom. A kingdom where even the poorest woman occasionally becomes a beautiful princes. All she needs is the green powder of the grinded henna leafs and the patience to sit very still for a while!

The henna ritual is traditionally practised during special occasions one of them being a wedding ceremony. The hands and feet of a Berber bride are painted the night before her wedding ceremony with patterns that symbolise baraka, fertility and prosperity.

In Dar Zohra we sometimes have a henna party to wave our female guests goodbye with a temporary souvenir. On their skin they carry back home the Berber symbols for protection and good fortune.

Henna ritual the night before the wedding ceremony.

Floral henna pattern.

Berber henna patterns.

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