Henna-painted hands is a common and delightful sight in Arab communities anytime women celebrate a special occasion, from weddings, to graduations, to religious holidays. But Gaza’s Fatema Al-Ghoul, 36, is putting her long-honed henna-painting skills to a unique use: paintings of the great cities and sights of Palestine.
Fatema has been an in-demand henna painter for women’s hands for eight years. But two years ago, she began experimenting with other uses for the rust-colored, plant-derived dye. She paints using a henna-filed paper cone, applying it to canvas then “fixing” the color with a spray.
Now, that's being inventive! Palestinians preserve their culture in any way they can.