Take a closer look at the traditional Emberá culture and find beautiful abstract patterns they paint on their bodies. Drawn with a twig or a little comb with two or three thin teeth. Some body parts, for example the arms, are painted entirely black. The pigment is the juice of the fruit jagua: genipapo. Here in the city you won’t see Emberá’s with bodypaint. In The Netherlands the pigment is sold under the name ‘JaguaHenna’, to make your own temporary tattoo.
Engraving of a genipapo, from the book Institutiones rei herbariæ (1700).