Skin Deep…Istanbul’s Henna

The females of our tribe have been into Henna and things indigenous for a number of years. While their Henna experience is with the stylized version from North Africa, we have been surprised and impressed with the variety and quality of Henna available in the local Istanbul pazars. The shades, durability and depth of the dye is remarkable compared to what we have seen in the past. Istanbul’s Hennas certainly know how to get under the skin.

Sealed with Honey and Waiting to Dry

Ann’s talent for Henna designs has started a rush in our little community. Normally over ├žay and melon the women gather, from the most liberal to the most devout, to have their hands and feet embellished for weddings and special occasions (gratis…of course). The process takes several hours and affected appendages are in quarantine for some time (preferably overnight for a deep dye).
Where can I get it? Any of the large local pazars in Kazasker, Uskudar, and Kadikoy have it fresh, and in bulk (sorry, we don’t know about the other side’s pazars). You can also play the tourist and get it in the Spice Bazaar. The Henna sold in Turkey is the highest quality we have seen.

1 Comment so far

  1. Global Nomad (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 12:34 pm

    I love the henna painting in the photo. Any idea where I can get it done in Istanbul?

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