Sunday, March 8, 2015

California Smokin'

If you know me, you know I LOVE cultural traditions and folk practices. It's only fitting that I did a story about Dukhan- the signature beauty ritual of married Sudanese women.

This is a story I really had a blast with - although it was tricky. Privacy was an issue, so some names were changed. Some women were too shy to be interviewed. Which made it all the more exciting.

So, what is dukhan? It’s like a sauna, but with smoke. 
At least every week, Sudanese wives shed their clothes, wrap themselves in blankets, and sit over pits of burning aromatic woods in the privacy of their yards. So, when they move to the US, do they still do it, or is that a tradition that is left behind? I visited Sudanese women here in the Bay Area to find out.