Mehndi, a body art with lots of significations
Mehndi is a body art form originating from ancient India, with decorative patterns drawn on a person’s body, using a paste, created from the powdered dry leaves of the henna plant (Lawsonia inermis). Dating back to ancient India, mehndi is still a popular form of body art among the women of the Indian subcontinent, Africa and the Middle East.
Practiced mainly in the Indian subcontinent, mehndi is the application of a temporary form of skin decoration, popularized in the West by Indian cinema and the entertainment industry. In Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh as well the Maldives, people also use mehendi on important occasions like weddings and festivals. Mehndi decorations became fashionable in the West in the late 1990s and are called henna tattoos. Those henna tattoos are popular among men as well as women, are safe, temporary and cool down the body by the medicinal properties of henna leaves.
What will you do?
At SITA, we offer different workshops to learn the art of mehendi. Our teachers Ageela and Urmila will help you to learn the process of making henna paste and explain you about the mehendi cones which are readily available in markets. They will explain you the role played by each ingredient when making the henna paste and the correct method to prepare the paste.
Then, you will move on to learn the right way to hold the cone, the correct pressure techniques and deft hand moving techniques to learn henna application smoothly. The art form appears rather complex, but with clear instructions and slight practice, you will learn to make those intricate designs and patterns coveted by many. Our teacher will also share tricks to get a more intense colour out of henna application make your henna last longer .
We use only pure and natural henna which makes an orange design and never use black chemical powder. Still, do not hesitate to tell us if you feel discomfort after applying the product and if you have any allergy.
Things to know
The workshop lasts 2 hours.
The workshop is open from 2 to 6 persons and welcomes kids above 8 years old.
The workshop is in English only.
What is included
- all the material needed for the creative art session
- an e-booklet will be sent afterwards
What to bring
- comfortable clothes
- your camera