- Title: Palestinian cosmetician shares beauty secrets of traditional eyeliner 'kohl'
- Date: 3rd March 2020
- Summary: KHAN YOUNIS, GAZA (FEBRUARY 15, 2020) (REUTERS) PALESTINIAN COSMETICIAN, HADEYA QUDAIH, POURING OLIVE OIL IN CAST IRON PAN KHAN YOUNIS, GAZA (FEBRUARY 27, 2020) (REUTERS) QUDAIH SETTING FIRE TO PIECE OF CLOTH STAINED WITH OLIVE OIL IN SLOW MOTION QUDAIH SITTING BY AS OLIVE OIL-STAINED CLOTH BURNS TO MAKE KOHL OR TRADITIONAL EYELINER FIRE INSIDE PAN / QUDAIH COVERING PAN WITH LID IN SLOW MOTION QUDAIH LOOKING OVER FIRE KHAN YOUNIS, GAZA (FEBRUARY 15, 2020) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PALESTINIAN COSMETICIAN MAKING TRADITIONAL EYELINER KNOWN AS KOHL, HADEYA QUDAIH, SAYING: "This traditional Arabic kohl is handmade, it's made from olive oil and fabric. Then this is useful for the eye, it kills the germs inside the eye also it's good for spring ophthalmia. It's also good for eye allergies and (reduces) redness." VARIOUS OF QUDAIH APPLYING KOHL ON WOMAN'S EYES QUDAIH COLLECTING KOHL POWDER FROM CAST IRON PAN KHAN YOUNIS, GAZA (FEBRUARY 27, 2020) (REUTERS) QUDAIH FILLING CONTAINER WITH KOHL POWDER QUDAIH COLLECTING KOHL POWDER IN SLOW MOTION QUDAIH OPENING LID OF CONTAINER KHAN YOUNIS, GAZA (FEBRUARY 15, 2020) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PALESTINIAN COSMETICIAN MAKING TRADITIONAL EYELINER KNOWN AS KOHL, HADEYA QUDAIH, SAYING: "This kohl is part of our grandmothers' heritage and from our mothers, very early on. They used it for the eyes because it is healthy and (has) medical (benefits) and better today's kohl." KHAN YOUNIS, GAZA (FEBRUARY 27, 2020) (REUTERS) SELLER, IBRAHIM QUDAIH, DRIVING CART QUDAIH SORTING GOODS SMALL CONTAINERS FILLED WITH KOHL THAT QUDAIH SELLS (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) KOHL SELLER, IBRAHIM QUDAIH, SAYING: "She makes four cans of kohl, there is some demand on it but the women don't buy it a lot because it's expensive. It's clean, healthy and cures the eyes." KHAN YOUNIS, GAZA (FEBRUARY 15, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF 66-YEAR-OLD PALESTINIAN WOMAN, SEHAM QUDAIH, STANDING IN FRONT OF MIRROR WHILE APPLYING KOHL (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) 66-YEAR-OLD PALESTINIAN WOMAN, SEHAM QUDAIH, SAYING: "Our mothers and our grandparents they didn't know the modern kohl or pencil eyeliners, they used to make it at home. They used to bring black fabric and put oil on it and turn the fire under it. They wait until it evaporates; when the fabric runs out, there will be a black layer that they take off and fill in cans." FIRE QUDAIH SITTING NEAR FIRE VARIOUS OF QUDAIH COLLECTING KOHL POWDER
- Embargoed: 17th March 2020 11:52
- Keywords: Gaza Khan Younis Kohl Palestinian occupied territories Palestinian women Palestinians Traditional eyeliner
- Location: KHAN YOUNIS, GAZA
- City: KHAN YOUNIS, GAZA
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: Living / Lifestyle,Society/Social Issues,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA001C3HYUL1
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- Story Text: Palestinian cosmetician Hadeya Qudaih sits over an open fire, flame-roasting olive oil and dark fabric into a deep black ash that she says is healthier - and more attractive - than modern eyeliners.
The ancient eye cosmetic known as "kohl" in Arabic is popular across the Middle East and North Africa for its jet-black veneer and perceived health benefits which come from one of its main components - olive oil.
It creates a dramatic effect when spread above and below the eyes.
In the Gaza Strip, Qudaih, 64, says the mascara technique she inherited from her grandparents can help shield the eyes from germs and ease bloating and redness from seasonal allergies.
"This kohl is part of our grandmothers' heritage and from our mothers, very early on. They used it for the eyes because it is healthy and (has) medical (benefits) and better today's kohl," Qudaih said at her stall in the city of Khan Younis in southern Gaza.
Qudaih fires up the oil and fabric in a large cast iron pan, burning it into a black crust that she then scrapes from the surface with a metal spoon. That black ash is the kohl, which she then packs into small gold-painted jars.
Her son, Ibrahim, sells kohl locally for 20 shekels ($6) a jar. "It's clean, healthy and cures the eyes," the 25-year-old said.
Another Gaza woman, Seham Qudaih, 66, who wears kohl herself, said her mother and grandmother used to make the ancient eyeliner at home themselves.
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