Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Becky's Hennaed Hands, Al Ain, UAE  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved

The tradition of decorating hands, arms and feet with ornate tattoos made from the reddish ink of the henna plant dates back thousands of years to the Bronze Age. This custom of applying body art is still practiced today. It is especially important for Emirati women in their preparation for the biggest of celebrations... a wedding.

Becky and Debi had a henna night of their own during our visit to Al Ain. Beautiful flora patterns were selected from samples hanging on the wall. Then a layer of henna paste was applied. When the paste dried, it crumbled away leaving a temporary tattoo which lasts several weeks before coming off completely.

In this image Becky is wearing a brightly colored kandora, a gift from our hosts.

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