50 Shades of Henna
- in terms of Cultural Appropriation -
Since day 1 of my henna career I have been asked almost on the daily by clients if it is oke for them to put on Henna since they are not Muslim. The broad history behind this art form and widespread customs in a variety of cultures and countries is unknown to them. So I explain them how the art of Henna has traveled through time and lands.
But the question holds a more profound matter, namely when is it considered okay or not okay for someone, who is not from a culture in which henna customs are practiced, to get involved in these rituals and traditions and furthermore why? The topic of Cultural Appropriation can't be taken lightly. It is a matter of thoroughly researching and (un)learning before we can compose a balanced opinion.
I called it 50 shades, simple for the fact that the line existing between appropriation and appreciation is often thin, blurred and hidden in a grey area. In this free webinar we will explore the different aspects that are crucial in understanding the difference between cultural appropriation and appreciation in the context of Moroccan Henna Art.
Some of the aspects that will be covered:
- brief history of Henna Art
- consequences of colonisation
- moroccan diaspora in europe
- inequity in society
- monetization of the art form