Hurumzi Henna Art Gallery, Zanzibar City

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Art Gallery · Hidden Gem · Museum
The women of Hurumzi Henna Art Gallery transform traditional henna body arts into paintings and prints . Using a centuries old tradition of adorning women’s hands and feet for celebrations such as weddings and festivals, the artists translate the patterns of the body art onto canvas creating a new and soon to be iconic art style through their elaborate paintings.

What began as a workshop for 10 women henna artists in 2007 became a thriving women’s cooperative engendering an entirely new style of painting. The results are vibrant and exciting designs characterized by swirling forms and bold floral motifs surrounded by repeating background patterns. This style is uniquely their own; it does not resemble other East African painting styles and represents the exciting creation of what is clearly a Zanzibari invention.Within the larger style each woman has her own unique way of working with motif, color and pattern.

On most days, you may visit the women painting and printmaking in their art studio above the gallery at 242 Hurumzi Street.
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  • Cute art gallery of hand made henna paintings in the heart of stone town. Feel free to bargain and pick up some really great local art!  more »
  • We were walking past the shop and had to go in. We spent 30 minutes admiring all the paintings and chatting with the artist and eventually bought 2 paintings from them.  more »
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