A Swahili woman from Kenya decorates her hands and feet with designs made from Henna – a dye made from a powdered leaf mixed with water and the juice of unripe lemons. The designs are drawn with a fine twig; 5 to 6 applications are made to ensure the henna doesn’t fade too soon; and the process takes up to 12 hours to complete. In modern times, a black synthetic dye is used to enhance the elaborate designs. A Swahili woman must remain concealed in black veils and long robes in public, and her hands and feet are the only parts of her body that may be seen. 2006

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