People will have the opportunity to decorate themselves with a natural, temporary and safe tattoo at Tillicum Pierce County Library, 14916 Washington Ave. S.W., on Saturday, Dec. 5, 1 – 3 p.m.
Adults and teens may register by calling 253-588-1014. Teens need a signed parental permission form to participate. FRIENDS of Lakewood Library sponsor this free event.
Participants will discover the fascinating body art of jagua. Artist Krysteen Lomonaco will create decorations by painting the skin with the stunning black/blue dye from the fruit of the jagua tree.
Jagua provides dye for clothing, hammocks, utensils and basket materials. People use it as an insect repellant or protection from the sun, painted in intricate patterns or bold geometric designs for ceremonies and celebrations.
The jagua tree, native to the rainforests of Central and South America, produces a fruit that ranges in size from a kiwi to a melon and tastes much like dried apples or quinces.