August 25, 2014
In Sudan, the night before a wedding ceremony or a special event, henna is mixed with the hair dye Tancho to create black henna. This is used to decorate the skin of Sudanese women in a fascinating manner. It is used to paint flowers or geometrical patterns on hands and legs or like body paint around the navel of a bride. The Sudanese wedding season runs from the festival Eid al-Fitr at the end of the month of Ramadan in late July until the festival Eid al-Adha in October. This is also the time when women born in rural districts (many of them internally displaced persons or refugees from neighboring countries) earn money through henna work, one way of improving their livelihoods. Brides also require the traditional Sudanese garment the thawb, decorated dazzlingly with beads or embroidery. As one aspect of JICA's work training projects, it is carrying out cooperation to build a work training system that incorporates thawb sewing and ornamentation to support a better livelihood for impoverished women or women with disabilities. It is being carried out as part of the Project for Strengthening Vocational Training and the Capacity Development Project for the Provision of Services for Basic Human Needs in Kassala. The project for Strengthening Vocational Training went on from Jan 2011 to Dec 2013.