Henna designs decorate the hands arms and feet of a Swahili woman from Lamu Island. Henna dye is made from a powdered leaf mixed with water and the juice of unripe lemons. The designs are drawn with a fine twig; 5-6 applications are made to ensure that the henna does not fade too soon.


  • Title: Swahili Henna Design, Lamu Island, Kenya
  • Creator: Angela Fisher & Carol Beckwith
  • Location Created: Kenya

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