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Henna Masterclasses

These photos were taken at our annual Henna masterclass.

Taught by henna legends Riffat Bahar and Nic Tharpa Cartier.

We invited ladies from the local community to attend and learn to mix and use natural Henna paste.

A wonderful day of design and fun was had by all!!  A huge thanks to Nic and Rfiffat for their generosity.

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Meet Fatima

Fatima is our very own in house Nquasha.

‘Nquasha’ means Master of an artform.

Henna is the main medium by which women in Morocco become known for an art.

Drop by for a wonderful, authentic Henna experience.

Be assured of safe henna.

Choose from our extensive catalogue of designs from around the world.

designs start at 50 dh for a small design, and our high end styles covering both hands range up to 500 dh

Prices are fixed, so no nasty pricing surprise at the end of the henna!

 

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Henna History

The Earliest written evidence of the use of henna is from the early bronze age.

The goddess Anath protected the fertility of the earth and the harvest. In the myth cycle of Baal and Anath ( early bronze age 3300 -2100 BC ), Anath adorned herself with henna.

Read more about Anath and Baal here.

  • There are many variations of the myth which have been interpreted to be a metaphor for the annual weather and agricultural cycle of the Eastern Mediterranean. The henna plant was indigenous to the area.
  • The plant was used twice for adornment within the myth, once in connection with a spring festival and once in connection with a harvest festival. This coincides with the times that the henna plant produced new growth. It is likely that the growth patterns of the henna plant were indicators for the planting and harvesting of grain.
  • There is strong evidence that neolithic peoples of Catal Huyuk in 7000BC used Henna to decorate their hands in connection with their fertlity goddess.
  • Neolithic women used jawbone to harvest grain. The work was tough on the hand
  • Henna strengthened the skin, and this may be the origin of henna on the hands and feet
  • The Egyptians used henna to dye their fingernails a reddish hue. It was considered impolite not to do so.
  • Traces of henna have been found on the hands of Egyptian mummies.
  • Studies of the hair of Egyptian mummies also shows the frequent use of henna.
  • An Egyptian pharmacopoeia written in 1500 BC lists seven types of henna and their medicinal properties.
  • Ancient and traditional henna has been used for centuries to adorn the body.
  • People all over the world continue to use henna for decorative purposes.
  • However,  in countries where henna is rooted in historical traditions, members of the working class use henna to heal and strengthen the skin of the hands and to make a connection to spirits.