101 Workshops | CHI-KA

For Ramadan, 101 Workshops will take place weekly and give visitors a chance to interact with our community through free workshops, classes, trainings, or guided visits.

11 June | 8PM

CHI-KA | The Henna Sessions

This workshop offers participants a hands-on contemporary spin on bedouin henna (Arabic: حِنَّاء‎). And just in time for Eid.

Henna has been used since antiquity to dye skin, hair and fingernails, as well as fabrics including silk, wool and leather. In this workshop we take a look at some excellent examples from the desert areas of Western Sahara to the Arabian Peninsula. We propose a comeback for certain patterns and a new interpretation of others, stretching our henna imagination further by introducing elements from more distant cultures, such as the Japanese. 

You will be guided in creating your own bedouin-inspired design for the hands, or you may choose from a selection of patterns discussed on the day. Henna artists will be present to apply your design from the workshop.*

This workshop will be led by Dr. Azra Khamissa, a Dubai based Canadian/South-African chiropractor and designer.

*Note: The workshop is free. However, participants who wish to have their designs applied by henna artists will have to pay AED50 per hand.