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Henna tattoos: part of the Arab culture

Arab culture has many fascinating things that captivate the attention, and the practice of tattoos on hands and feet made with henna is one of them. This type of tattoo is used by women as part of their clothing in various festivities and religious ceremonies.

What is henna?

Henna is a very appreciated plant because it is attributed a magical power because it is used as a talisman against the evil eye or other sorcery.

Henna tattoos

Henna tattoos are engravings made on the hands and feet on a temporary basis and are made for some celebrations and rites of passage, such as births, weddings and marriage commitments.

Application process

In the case of weddings, the ritual begins the day after the last bath. A layer of henna is applied to the bride’s hands and feet. Then it will be removed with milk, to indicate the purity of the woman and the next day, a design with its own symbology will be created.

After the henna paste hardens, after 5 to 10 seconds the tattoo should be sprinkled with a mixture of lemon juice and to keep the design adhered to the skin and so that it acquires a more striking color.


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