The Ancient Art of Mehndi

Presented by

Mamta Israni

and

and

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 has spanned 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.

Students in this session will learn the history and significance of mehndi and create their own intricate designs and patterns (on note-cards 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.”


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

Workshop Details

Region/Culture

India

Subject(s)

Math, Science, Social Studies, Art

Participants

25

Standard Length

45

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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