Capture a memory with Henna Tattoo
To explore and visit Curacao, there are numerous options available to do that, but my personal favourite is having a tour by locals as I have mentioned such tours in my previous blog: https://micuravida.com/tours-by-locals-in-curacao. So I decided to have a tour by local to get the history and beauty of Curacao. Furthermore, to spice up the touring, I have contacted some local tours who are photographers and unveiled another exciting way of exploring Curacao.
During the lockdown period, it was up to me to waste time and procrastinate or be productive and make the most out of it. I made a choice of looking for new ideas of exploring Curacao and while doing so I came across this creative & lovely Instagram account of the henna artist, Nigrita Nigrita. At first sight, I was in awe of her artwork and creativity.
The first thing I did after the lockdown was contact this amazing artist and shared my story of losing my son Kiyan-Dean Alexander the past year. While being an amazing artist, she is kind-hearted too, and instantly agreed to my request of making little feet on my belly as a memory of my beloved son. While creating a design she also guided me in taking photos of the process. I am truly grateful to her and would urge you all to stop by her when visiting Curacao.
For contact information visit this page: Nigrita Nigrita
Henna tattoos can be done with natural Henna or Jagua-gel, and are best anytime regardless of any celebration. You can wear them to beach parties or weddings or just for the fun, it totally depends on you. The henna artwork comes in various designs, shapes, and sizes and varies with your body part as it can be applied anywhere. It is a choice of personal preferences if you want it to be fancy and detailed, or simple and basic. However, each design requires passion and devotion from which Nicolle is filled with.
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Description of Henna
Henna is made from all natural-based ingredients and is applied to the body in different styles, designs, and sizes according to the needs. It leaves a temporary decoration after application and vanishes in about two weeks. Henna is made from dried and grinded henna leaves in which rose water, lemon juice, and other ingredients are added to make a paste. The paste then is placed on the skin through glass syringes or piping bags.
After drying up and rinsing off, henna paste leaves a brownish-red color. It is a tradition in many parts of the world like the Middle East and North Africa. These decorations are symbolized for fertility, power, and happiness and mostly used at the time of weddings. It is a ritual for a bride to apply henna while her female friends accompany her. It is also considered as a protection from an evil eye in some regions. A tradition by and for women has made waves around the world, and its designs resonate with other crafts and embroidery designs as well.
History of Henna
The use of henna is from ancient times and has a long history from the time mummies. Even mummies have been found with henna application on their hair and nails which concludes that the henna was used where its plants grew. Despite ethnicity, henna decorations are applied and a particular night is celebrated across Muslims, Hindus, Christians, and Sikhs. It has been applied professionally for ages now, and those who could not afford it used a stick to make decorations. It is considered as freestyling which means there is no specified technique or designs to follow for women as this custom is passed on orally from generation to generation. In the Netherlands, henna decorations are influenced by Moroccan and Turkish origins and are often mixed with the Indian style of Fessi-designs. Dutch women have fallen in love with this tradition and have started celebrating henna nights, besides, a new tradition of applying henna designs on bellies of pregnant women has emerged. From traditional henna decorations, the range has been diverse like the use of glitters, gems, patterns of flowers, or paisley patterns are very commonly found.