Body Art Around the World
Sohnie Luckhardt, MIna Kumar
This is a book about an ancient practice of decorating the body. For centuries in cultures all around the world, applying artistic designs on the body has been a way to celebrate and honor special occasions in one’s life. Our book is about the origin and practice of mehndi. In the text, we discuss the preparation and application of henna paste, the medicinal and healing properties of the plant, and the differences in design styles around the world. We also discuss the use of henna in religious and ritualistic ceremonies, although today it can be appreciated and enjoyed just for fun. Our book is written for both primary (ages three to six) and elementary (ages seven to twelve) school children, though adults interested in the art of mehndi will enjoy it too. We hope this book will help you to know and appreciate the very special art of henna designs.