Name | Emily Nicknames | Em Zodiac sign | Um, virgo, I think? Height | 5′7″ Orientation | asexual Favourite fruit | blueberries Favourite season | winter Favourite book | The Help Favourite flower | Tulips Favourite scent | Clean laundry, kiwi Favourite color | teal Favourite animal | Giraffes Coffee - tea - hot cocoa | Water Average sleep hours | 8-10 Cat or dog person | YES Favourite fictional character | Leia Organa Number of blankets you sleep with | As many as possible without suffocating to death Dream trip | Tahquamenon Falls Blog created | June or July of last year, idek Number of followers | 875 Random fact | I would in no way consider my fashion style ‘bohemian,’ but I definitely wear strappy sandals, toe rings, an ankle bracelet, and henna on my feet/legs in the summer.
do you happen to know what the henna traditions/designs from uzbekistan are? do bukharan jews have any henna traditions?
In the Middle Ages, Bukhara and Samarqand (modern Uzbekistan) were part of the Persian cultural world, and so they shared in the tradition of elaborate Persian-style henna patterns, at least as far as we can tell from manuscript illustrations (see this post for an overview). One such painting from Bukhara, ca. 1565, shows a woman with hennaed fingernails and stripes on her fingers, with additional designs in cartouches (perhaps flowers? Or calligraphy?) on her palm (here is a close-up of the painting, in the British Museum):
There’s also yet another painting in the Louvre that I saw a few years ago, also from Bukhara, showing a similar design, so it seems that this may have actually been a regional style. Catherine Cartwright-Jones suggests that these cartouches may have even had magical or talismanic functions, although I’m not sure.
Unfortunately, as in other parts of Persia, this style of henna pattern died out during the Qajar dynasty as fashions turned more towards a European-influenced aesthetic. But people in Bukhara definitely continued to use henna, right until the present day!
And henna was not just for weddings, but was also used as a general cosmetic, to celebrate holidays and other happy occasions. In this image of a Bukhari Jewish family (taken in Jerusalem in 1925 by German-Jewish photographer Abraham Pisarek), you can see that everyone is dressed in festive clothing and the girl’s fingernails have been hennaed.
I previously featured another photo from Samarqand ca. 1905, showing Bukkhari Jewish girls with hennaed fingernails, here. A close-up:
So as you can see, in the 19th and 20th centuries Bukharan henna was done mostly on nails rather than in the elaborate patterns that had once been traditional. But there’s no reason why we can’t revive them! Hope that helps.
Tried to make some matching soles that create a heart when together but totally failed to make them identical due to the fact I couldn’t see them side by side while drawing lol maybe next time. Initial stain is bright orange and will continue to darken over the next 24 hours.