Teach Yourself How To Create Elaborate Henna Patterns With Our DIY Book!
We love our ‘Art Of Mehandi’ book! This DIY guide to traditional henna patterns teaches you how to create the basic patterns and then combine them into glorious works of art. Easy to follow step by step in this ‘how to’ henna book have pictures that guide you through a large variety of traditional designs. Practice sections help you build the basic skills needed move confidently onto working on the body. You’ll be be surprised how easy it is to replicate these intricate traditional designs after following the lessons in this fabulous how to DIY henna book!
This 80 page guidebook takes you step by step through a large variety of mehandi designs for hands and feet. Additional design projects are laid out for free hand work which can be applied around navel, arms and thighs.
But that’s not all: Try these traditional designs on costuming! Great on our dye-able premium choli tops! You can also use these same design ideas for painting crafts, furnishings, jewelry, etc. This book is indispensable for learning traditional henna patterns that can be applied to almost any art and craft imaginable!
More About Henna’s Origins
Henna, aka Mehandi or Mehndi, is the ancient art of temporarily dyeing the skin in glorious patterns for ceremonial events, such as holidays, birthdays and weddings. These temporary tattoos have been adorning bodies in North Africa, the Middle East & South Asia for over five thousand years. These traditional formulas use the dried and powdered leaves of the desert shrub, Mehandi, and essential oils to temporarily color the skin.
Not only has henna been used for ceremonial purposes, it also has been used for other cosmetic purposes, such as hair dye and nail staining. Cleopatra was known to use henna as a body adornment and we know many of the ancient Egyptian mummies had their nails stained with the mehndi plant.
One of the most well known traditions in the western world is that of the Indian bride’s elaborate henna tattoos. The night before the wedding, called Mehndi Night, the bride receives elaborate henna decorations on her hands, lower arms and feet to mid calf. This can take hours and hours and is often done with multiple artists working at once. There is much dancing, music, games and celebrating during this time. It is a good sign for the henna to be dark in tone on the bride as it is thought that the darker the henna is the better the married life will be. Also, the bride is supposed to be free from housework as long as the art of the Mehndi Night still appears on her!
Today, henna is used on every continent and continues to be a stunning way to express one’s self and celebrate important life events!