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khidab painting from Sanaa', Yemen

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 (Englisch)

or (German)


If you like to see original Yeminite bodypaintings with this ink visit (German) or (French)


If you like to try it, i.e. to paint your self with this ink, you can now order it in 5gr. portions on the follwing pages: (French) (German),

you can even order it with an instruction for use in three languages : english, French and German. To inform me in which language you'd like to have the instructions, please use the message box of the order form.

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Uploaded on April 15, 2007