Mehendi is a popular temporary body art amongst women in Nepal, especially during weddings. In this experience, you learn this art from a professional artist, from making the paste to drawing
Henna is a dye prepared from the Hina or the Henna Tree. It has been used since centuries to dye skin, hair, fingernails, and also fabrics and leather.
Henna stains are orange at first and later turn a deep reddish brown. Interestingly, because the soles of the feet and the palms have the thickest skin, they tend to take up the most amount of the lawsone molecules in the Henna leaf (which needs to be released with oils) and so stains the best.
The stains eventually wear off by way of exfoliation, allowed for this to be used as an excellent organic body art.
Before weddings, the Night of the Henna is a common practice across cultures, of course mostly where Henna grows naturally. The brides are adorned with Henna and in many cases the grooms too.
The practice exists in Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Northern Libya and Morocco. The designs getting more and more intricate of course, as artists devise their own creations.
In this experience, you start with learning the history of the Henna, and the designs, then move to preparing the mixture and eventually practice with designs. Its hands on and you end up with a beautiful body art recommended by the professional or your own design
"Interactions with Instructors"
"Getting lessons on making Henna in a traditional way"
"Learning some designs"
"Its my turn to try some designs"
Nidhi is of Nepali - Punjabi descent and is our professional teacher for the Henna Experience. She is a hobbyist Henna artist turned professional and is in huge demand for weddings in Kathmandu.