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Lesson Plans

E.Indian henna hand

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Diane L. (mselle)
Thu, 12 Mar 1998 19:48:33 -0500

Dear Eric, This past winter I was invited to an engagement party for a
friend from India. At the party 3 handpainters painted designs with henna
on the hands of the women present. The bride to be had the most
elaborate designs. If it were a truly traditional event, the bride would
have her feet painted up to her ankles. The designs used were up to the
person getting painted, ie. they could be free flowing or geometric,
intricate and very detailed, or simple. The February 1997 issue of School
Arts magazine had an article on this subject. They recommended using
watersoluble markers. I agree. The henna on my hands lasted 3 weeks. It
was beautiful, but parents may not want the designs on for so long. Also
when you use henna you need to let the henna which is like chocolate
pudding dry on the skin. (The henna is applied like cake icing, squeezed
through a plastic bag which has a pin hole tip. Or you could use a tooth
pick to draw on the design.) When dry you dab it with cotton soaked in
lemon juice and sugar. You have to do this several times takes two hours
for a good set. For a very long lasting set you leave the henna on
overnight it sort of crumbles off in the bed has a strong fragrence, not
bad but not quite what most Americans are used to. Also suggested in this
article was to do the designs on the top rather than palm of the
children's hands. See if you can get the magazine, they have some pictures.
Good luck, Diane L.