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Cultural traditions in henna, calligraphy & jewellery arts
The Kensington Neighbourhood House is now situated at 89 McCracken Street, Kensington, Victoria. Originally established in 1975, when seven women from the Kensington suburb met in the lounge room of a house in Bellair Street for fellowship and support. Kensington at that time consisted of 7,000 residents of which forty percent were migrants. By the end of 1975, the seven women had increased to forty, so it was decided to apply for funding from the Interim Committee of Children Commission for a drop in house, where women of all backgrounds could bring their children and meet in a relaxed atmosphere.
In 1986, the State Government recognised the importance of Neighbourhood Houses and the role they played in communities. Today the Kensington Neighbourhood House caters for men and women of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds and is community owned and managed. It is a meeting place for various groups in the community and offers a range of adult education, children's activities, art and hobby, health and wellbeing programs.
On Saturday 1st December 2018, you may like to learn the art of henna painting, calligraphy and jewellery making. Times for this event is from 3.00 to 5.00pm and there is no cost. This workshop is funded by the Victorian State Government's Community Harmony Program.
Photo courtesy of Art Workshop - Sharing Traditions Event
Henna is something I have always been interested in as an art form. It has been used since antiquity to dye the skin, hair and fingernails as well as some fabrics. In many faiths, henna is used for celebrations, social and holiday events and marriages. Some of the earliest texts mention henna in the context of marriage and fertility celebrations where women adorn their body with henna in the preparation of meeting their husbands. It is not only a custom for women alone, as grooms may also use henna on their wedding days. Although being a most popular tradition in North Africa, Asia and the Arabian Peninsula, many other countries use it.
This workshop will be very interesting, not only with the henna painting but also learning the art of calligraphy and jewellery making. Bookings can be made online at the Kensington Neighbourhood House website or by telephoning 03 9376 6366 for more information.