Welcome to Henna Cafe Marrakech

Warmest welcome to the Henna Café

Mission of The Henna Café Project Offering free education to local residents of Marrarkech alongside a unique traditional Moroccan experience for those visiting the city,

the Henna Café is a cultural center in the native heart of the Marrakech Medina providing professional clean Henna tattoos and wonderfully traditional food provided by local women with 100% of profits going to those in need in Marrakech.

The Henna Café charity was set up June 2011 by four UK business people who wanted to give back to Morocco and Marrakech.

As Riad owners and professional henna artists, they came up with the concept of the Henna Café.

Professional Henna Salon
The Henna Café employs local top henna artisan women to run our professional riad friendly henna salon. Supplied with a henna menu of donated designs from top world henna artists, all henna used is safe, clean and organic brown henna. Guests are given a personal aftercare service, which includes a protective mitten/ sock, lemon and sugar sealing, and conversation regarding getting the best out of their henna stain.

Unique Café
Aloft the roof terrace is a café, a space of tranquility and zen with quality local food designed around that eaten by the native population and cooked by Marrakshi women with a range of nomadic specials populated by in-season delights.

Education
Learn some local language in our daily drop in Darija classes or attend our hennaing workshops (suggested donation 20Dm).
These sit alongside the free language and employment skills classes provided and attended by the native population.
Visit us at Hennacafemarakech.com, facebook ‘Hennacafe Marrakech’ or contact the education manager Mohamed on +212 (0) 656566374 W

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Lori Gordon Presents Morocco Adorned at Henna Cafe

 

Henna Cafe Cultural Association, a partner in Marrakech Biennale 2104, are delighted to announce that internationally recognized American artist Lori K. Gordon will be presenting a collection of work at the cafe’s first floor gallery during the Biennale, February 26-March 31, 2014. Gordon, who is Founder and President of Six Degrees Consortium, will be exhibiting her series “Morocco Adorned”, a body of mixed media work that explores ancient Moroccan traditions. Resident henna artist Fatima Haliba will also be present during the exhibition and visitors will have the opportunity to experience the fine art of henna firsthand.

 

Gordon’s work first received national recognition in 2003 when her art quilt “Labat: A Creole Legacy” was acquired by The Smithsonian Institution, the country’s national museum. The quilt tells the story, through images and text, of a Creole Mississippi woman who lived until the age of 104. In 2005, Gordon was among the thousands of Gulf Coast residents who lost a home and business in Hurricane Katrina. Just weeks after the storm, she launched her “Katrina Collection”, a series of assemblages which incorporated storm debris. For the next five years she traveled extensively around the continental United States with the series and through presentations and discussion panels as well as the art, Gordon brought the experience of the worst natural disaster in United States history to thousands of people.

 

In 2010, Gordon began touring The Labat Project. Centered around Southern Creole life during turn of the century America, the series examines the racial milieu of the Deep South through the experience of the Labat family of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Made possible by a generous grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council, the project is being readied for 2014 venues. Also in 2010, Gordon founded Six Degrees Consortium, a Mississippi corporation dedicated to the creation and dissemination of socially significant visual art. The corporation has provided support for Gordon’ current series of work, “Six Degrees: West to East” of which “Morocco Adorned” is part.

 

In addition to the Smithsonian Institution, Gordon’s work may be found in the collections of United States Presidents Obama and Carter; American Broadcasting Company’s Robin Roberts; Cable News Network’s Tom Foreman; country music superstars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw; ESPN’s Jon Miller; Mississippi Humanities Council and in universities, museums and other private and public collections nationwide. The artist has been featured on MSNBC, CBS, National Public Radio, and Mississippi Public Broadcasting; in several documentaries and in national and regional media across the country. She has received awards, grants, fellowships and commissions from the Pollack-Krasner Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation, the New Orleans Contemporary Art Center, the Gottlieb Foundation, the Mississippi Humanities Council, the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Greater Jackson Arts Council, the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, the State of Mississippi, and Architects Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility. She regularly partners with non-profit organizations including the International Museum of Islamic Cultures, Mississippi Humanities Council, Starfish Cafe, University of Southern Mississippi and Hancock County Library System.

 

“Morocco Adorned” will open to the public on February 26 at Henna Cafe Marrakech, 93 Arset Aouzal, Souikat 4000, Medina, Marrakech. Henna Cafe is on the route of the Biennale’s Official Fringe Program, and the exhibition is free to the public. The exhibition will remain in place through March 31, and the artist will be on hand daily from 5-8 PM to demonstrate her techniques and discuss her work. Henna by Fatima Halida will also be available from 12-7 PM daily. For more information on Gordon’s work visit www.lorikgordon.org

To learn more about Marrakech Biennale 2014, go to www.marrakechbiennale.org.

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Sunday Club for kids in Bab Doukalla

A huge thank you to Lori Gordon  who has been running the Henna Cafe Sunday clubs for kids .

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the Children attending are enjoying lots of fab creative activities.

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The cafe provided Abdellah with a new set of strings for his guitar, so the music was especially good (six strings instead of four!)

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So the sing a longs just got even better!!

Bridal henna

The henna ceremony the bride to Tangier

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In Morocco, the wedding traditions differ from one region to another, and each region or city customs that are specific to it.

In Tangier , on the morning of henna , the bride goes to the hammam with her ​​friends and family to wash and be beautiful . Upon returning home , she is decorating hands with henna by neqqacha , locally called ” ” Raqama .

In the evening, the women of the family , neighbors and friends of the bride , but not women -laws are invited to the grand ceremony of henna .

The bride sitting on white pillows and surrounded by two young girls dressed in white , each holding a candle , is dressed in white over a white izar qmiss (a variant of caftan ) . The Izar it also covers the head . His hands and feet are put in small bags ” ” embroidered cloth , and she’s wearing new white slippers . The bride has not hair dressed or makeup. Her izar can not be taken away from her by a close family member ( chosen by its success and marital bliss ), which it untie the knot of izar order to return to itself. It is a symbolic image that would convey the happiness and success of the ” domestic ” dénoueuse to the bride. We call this action: oukdda of lizar ( node cloth ) .

The women then began traditional and religious songs until late evening .

A big thank you to Houria Weddings for information.

Amber and the Sunday kids club.

Since arriving in Marrakech in September Amber has been running a kids club in Bab Doukalla every Sunday. Offering creative classes and lessons to Children from the area around Henna Cafe. Here are a few pics from the past weeks.   We are delighted these classes will continue thanks to the generous donation of timeContinue Reading