The Ancient Art of Mehndi

Presented by

Mamta Israni


Sonal Mistry

The art form of applying henna (known as mehndi) has been a part of many cultures for thousands of years. This ancient practice spans several cultures and traditions and varies from region to region. Like all symbols, the varying designs often mean different things to different cultures. Henna art is associated with Indian culture and its use as a ceremonial art form for wedding ceremonies. Indian designs are made of a delicate blending of fine lines creating a striking pattern which covers a larger area of the skin such as the hands and feet.

Participants in this session will learn the history and significance of mehndi and create their own intricate designs and patterns (on paper and/or hands). The henna designs last 1-2 weeks, so it is advisable to obtain parental permission in advance of the workshop so that parents won’t be upset when their children come home with a “tattoo” if the workshop is done with kids.

CultureALL has several Ambassadors who can present this workshop, including Sonal Mistry and Mamta Israni.

Workshop Details




Math, Science, Social Studies, Art



Standard Length


Room Setup

Tables and chairs for six groups of students (5 per table), plus 2 big tables & 3 chairs (for demonstration)

Supplies/Equipment Needed:

Each student table should have markers, tissue paper/napkins and drawing paper

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