20.07.2009 - 20.07.2009 80 °F
Khadija, our "house mom", adorns CCS volunteers in henna as a special treat. She is truly talented, as all of her henna designs are different from one another. These are done free form and as she creates beautiful and intricate designs.
The use of henna for decoration in Morocco goes back to when the Berbers first migrated to the area. While tattoos are forbidden under Islam, Berbers have used the henna as a way to express aspects of their daily lives as well as a connection to nature. While they are aesthetically decorative, they are also representative of faith in the supernatural. They can be used for protection against the evil eye and evil spirits.
Khadija decorated my hand with a floral motif containing the image of a bird, which is representative of a messenger between heaven and earth.