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Khidab painting for Livia | by olga_rashida
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Khidab painting for Livia

Livia the childhood friend of my daughter came by today. She was thinking getting a tattoo. To convince her, that it is much nicer to be able to change motives every so often, I made her this painting as a christmas present.

 

Khidab is a Gall ink which is employed in Yemen mainly in the mountainous regions around the capital Sanaa instead of henna. For an account how it is made you can download an article:

Yemeni Women’s Body Painting with Black Gall Ink Khidab, Production Methods,

from my colleage Dr. Hanne Schönig at www.henna-und-mehr.de/pdf/Khidabartikel_eu.pdf (Englisch) or www.henna-und-mehr.de/pdf/schoenig_deutsch.pdf (German)

 

If you like to see original Yeminite bodypaintings with this ink visit

www.henna-und-mehr.de/de/khidabslide.html (German) or

www.henna-und-mehr.de/franz/khidabslide.html (French)

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Taken on December 26, 2007