The Henna Page
Henna for Hair
Traditional Women's Tattoos and Facial Markings
from North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia:
History, Traditions, Techiques and Patterns.
Use ONLY safe, temporary cosmetics to reproduce traditional harquus pattterns! Use waterproof eyeliner, black body paint, or Harquus available from mehandi.com!
Harquus from Mehandi.com
Never apply a PPD-based "black henna" product to your skin, especially to your face! PPD, para-phenylenediamine, is synthetic black hair dye frequently used to make "black henna" temporary tattoos can cause severe injuries and scarring. If applied to the face, PPD can cause permanent blindness. For more information on the dangers of "black henna," see: http://www.hennapage.com/henna/ppd/index.html
Harquus.com is the newest site in a group of sites devoted to henna: The Henna Page, TapDancing Lizard, Mehandi and Henna for Hair. Henna cannot be completely understood separated from its context in other women’s adornments such as tattooing and body painting. Harquus.com will explore the extended group of women’s body arts from countries where henna is a tradition, and situate henna within these adornments.
Harquus is a word for black facial ornamentation in North Africa and the Middle East. It can refer to both tattooing and skin painting. The patterns of harquus, tattooing, and henna often mirror each other, and were intended to enhance each other.
Harquus.com will provide historically accurate patterns, carefully researched articles, and means to recreate these traditional body arts with safe, temporary cosmetics. These will be available in PDF format so you can download, print, and keep them in a notebook for reference.
Introduction ~ Part 1:
PDF file, 3 pages 328KIntroduction ~ Part 2: Kohl and Surma
PDF file, 9 pages, 500K
Ethiopian Pattern 1
PDF file, 2 pages, 186 K
Algerian Woman #70
PDF file, 7 pages, 721K
My Lover's Pillow
PDF file, 5 pages, 256 K
Moroccan Patterns 1
Moroccan Patterns 2
Algerian Patterns 2
Songs of the Tattoo Artist
The Traditional Artists
Traditional Tools and Techniques
Logo by Alex Morgan: Spellstone © 2005
All material unless otherwise noted by
Catherine Cartwright-Jones © 2004, 2005