Henna Sourcebook: Over 1,000 traditional designs and modern interpretations for body decorating
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No one knows for sure when henna was first used for skin decorating, but traces of henna have been found on mummies in Egypt and on cave painting in India dating back thousands of years. While this tradition is still widely used in India, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, it is now gaining popularity throughout the Western world as well. Rooted in the belief that those whose skin is adorned with henna are blessed with good fortune, henna is often associated with rights of passage—coming of age, marriage, and childbirth. Holidays and festivals are times when women and girls decorate their hands and feet, and henna patterns are sometimes unique to these occasions. In some cultures, a bridegroom may be decorated the night before a wedding as well. It is increasingly common for henna parties to be held in the United States, sometimes at weddings, birthday parties, and baby showers—and sometimes just for fun. Henna patterns are seen adorning pop icons like Madonna, Demi Moore, and Prince, and henna artists are becoming an increasingly common sight at street fairs and shops as a temporary and painless alternative to tattoos. Design motifs are included from many different cultures, with background information provided about the symbolism of the designs and motifs.
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earlier religions who used henna for their special occasions. When Jewish populations spread outward from Israel after the first Woman Applying Henna is a rare depiction of a young woman applying henna to her feet, a ritual associated with rite of passage celebrations, paticularly marriage, in Iran and surrounding regions. Iran, late sixteenth century century ce, henna use did not follow beyond the plant’s natural growing zone, although Jews from Sephardic and Mizrahi (Arabian or African)
Do not use lotion or sunscreen for at least 24 hours before the henna is applied. • Henna should remain on the skin for at least six hours before removing it. A period of twelve hours is better. Some people leave it on overnight. • If you are applying henna to your hands, you will not be able to put them in water, and use of your hands will be restricted while the henna is curing. It’s a good idea to make arrangements ahead of time to have someone around to help with simple tasks. 27
transfer: • Just photocopy a design that you’ve chosen from these pages in a size you want to appear on your skin. • With the transfer paper ink side up, lay your design printed side up on top of it. • Trace over the design printed on the photocopy with a pencil. This will transfer the ink to the back of the photocopy. • Apply stick deodorant to your skin. • Press your transfer, ink side down, onto the treated area. • Remove the transfer and presto—the design will appear on on your skin!
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