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Introducing Henna into the fashion industry


For the first collection, it involves the humble Azuma bukuro bag, a Japanese market bag knows for its convenience and aesthetic, the fabric is hand printed by hand and then painted with traditional forms of Henna design and then folded into the Azuma bukuro bag. Creating a final product that provides both Asian/Gulf aesthetic and introducing a new way of looking at print design and henna design. Creating discussion and provoking nostalgic reminders of the history of henna.

The design is deliberately subtle and goes well with the folded aesthetic of the Azuma Bag, creating curiosity where the client starts to slowly see the Henna Palms on the bag. 


Traditional forms of henna


Al Ghamsa / Hand is fully dipped into henna both front and back 

Al Gasah / 

Al Shiraa / Triangular shapes 

Al Riwayeb / Only on the fingers 

Al Tilah / Tilah Shapes on the centre of the palm 

Al Bayarej / Three facing triangles at the lower palm that connect to the fingers and Rawayeb

Al Kazu / Kaju shaped design 

Al Robeya / Qamar / A circle on the middle of the palm




How is Henna is made in the gulf?


Traditionally Henna leaves are picked and then dried and pounded into a powder.

Dried limes (Loumi Yabes) are boiled in water and strained.

The henna powder is then mixed with the loumi water until a thick and spreadable mixture is achieved. 

It is left to rest for around 10 minutes.

Then spread into patterns and left to dry before rubbing off.



Making of the bag


The bag goes through the phase of being printed using the palm of the hands to create prints on the fabric, using a very primitive way of printing. Then painted by hand with forms of traditional Henna. 

The bag is then stitched and finally folded into shape.


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