India_217And yes, this is my hand!

I was honored to receive this beautiful Mehndi hand painting from a talented young girl in Delhi even though they are generally reserved for women.

Henna, also called Mehndi is the traditional art form of hand painting in India. It’s a form of body art. The work is created with henna paste. Henna is a plant long known for its power to color any substance it is applied to. Henna is a small shrub called hawsonia inermis and is found in Iran, India, Pakistan, Egypt, and North Africa. It is a temporary body decoration that looks like a tattoo but isn’t. It’s fast, easy, painless and is a beautiful form of natural body decoration.


John Hope Bryant

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