Henna - crafts
The use of henna as a textile dye has declined since the advent of synthetic dyestuffs, but henna is occasionally used among dyers in Europe today, favoured because of the rusty colour it produces. To make a textile dye, the powdered leaves are mixed to a paste with warm water, and then diluted further with more water to make a dye bath in which the cloth or yarn is submerged and heated.
Henna is also used to dye designs onto animal skins in India, which are then made into lampshades and sold in Europe.
|Image: Henna can be used to dye textiles as well as hair and skin.|