Henna is an art form that traditionally has been practiced for centuries by women artisans throughout North Africa, the Middle East, and India. It is common bridal adornment in Hindu, Muslim, and Sephardic Jewish cultures. Traditionally, people apply henna at weddings and other special ceremonies.
Henna is derived from a plant of the same name known for the reddish color of its extract, often used in hair coloring. A paste is made by grinding the leaves into a fine powder.
This paste is piped on to the hands and feet in delicate patterns, in a manner similar to cake decorating. The paste dries quickly, within 20 minutes. However, it is a good idea to keep the dried paste on the skin for at least three or four hours.
Also, the longer you can avoid washing the area of application (up to 12 hours), the darker the stain will get. The stains can last up to 3 weeks on the skin, but they slowly fade away. Henna can be applied almost any where on the body, but the hands and the feet are the areas which allow for the darkest stain.
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Henna designs are stylized and derived from nature, animals, and religious stories. Some designs may have symbolic meanings, while others are simply decorative. Henna painting in its true traditional form is an improvisational and creative art. Each creation is an original and spontaneous work.