Mehndi: The Timeless Art of Henna Painting

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Macmillan, Jun 15, 1998 - Art - 162 pages
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Mehndi, the ancient art of painting on the skin with henna, beautifies the body, rejuvenates the spirit, and celebrates the joys of creativity and self-expression. More than just a temporary tattoo, mehndi offers us a way to participate in a centuries-old tradition still practiced in India, Africa, and the Middle East.

In this stunning and authoritative book, Loretta Roome traces the origins and meanings of traditional designs, demonstrates how to create them on the skin, and reveals the recipes, tools, and techniques needed to paint designs that range from simple to complex. The result of years of research and the author's experience as one of the nation's foremost mehndi artists, Roome's book offers practical information, creative inspiration, and many suggestions for enhancing the playful, intimate, sensual, erotic, and spiritual aspects of the ancient and amazing art of mehndi.
  

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Review: Mehndi: The Timeless Art of Henna Painting

User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

Beautiful photos that I refer to for design inspiration... haven't really read the text, so I can't speak to that. Read full review

Review: Mehndi: The Timeless Art of Henna Painting

User Review  - Nancy - Goodreads

Henna painting fascinates me. I absolutely love the art and beauty of it. If you are not familiar with it, or if you also love it, pick up this book and learn about the history of and how to of henna ... Read full review

Contents

WHAT IS MEHNDI?
1
The Henna Plant
2
The Many Uses of Henna
3
Origins of Mehndi
4
Henna and Myth
5
Ritual Origins
6
The Art of Mehndi
7
The Invisible and the Unspoken
8
Getting a Head Start
85
The Key to a Deep and Lasting Color
86
Making the Paste
87
Getting the Right Consistency
89
Making Lemon Sugar
90
Traditional Methods
91
Other Simple Recipes
92
A Word of Advice
93

Henna as Oracle
9
Henna for Protection
10
MEHNDI DESIGNS AND WHAT THEY MEAN
13
The Miracle of Symbol
14
TRADITIONAL INDIAN SYMBOLS
16
The Mandala
19
The Lotus
20
Other Symbols in Mehndi
22
Patterns and Styles
26
THE SYMBOLS OF MOROCCO
30
The Number Five
32
Other Symbols and Forms
35
A Vanishing Perspective
36
DESIGNS FOR THE HANDS
41
Healing Hands
42
Sensitivity and Sensuality
43
The Back of the Hand
45
The Palm
46
Traditional Designs for the Hands
47
Hybrid Designs
48
Both Hands
49
Front and Back
51
HENNA FOR THE FEET AND FOR OTHER PARTS OF THE BODY
53
The Practical Function of Henna for the Feet
56
Painting the Feet with Henna
57
Dyeing the Soles
58
Patterns and Designs
60
Other Parts of the Body
62
The Challenge of Experimentation
64
GETTING STARTED
67
Common Misconceptions
71
Warnings
72
Other Ingredients
73
Shopping for Tools and Other Items
75
PREPARATIONS
77
How to Make a Cone
79
Testing Your Henna
81
Preparing Yourself
82
RECIPES AND INSTRUCTIONS
83
Basics
84
APPLICATION AND CARE
95
Positioning
96
Tools and Tips
98
Helpful Hints
100
Different Techniques
102
Application of Lemon Sugar
103
How to Care for Your Henna Design
107
Wrapping
108
Scraping
109
Reapplication as a Deepening Method
110
PATTERNS MADE SIMPLE
111
Beginning a Design
112
Central Palm Design
114
Flowers and Stars
118
Bracelets Borders and Other Designs
121
Spirals
123
The Dora
124
Dont be Discouraged
125
HENNA GATHERINGS
126
Other Traditional Functions
127
The Hamam
128
Moroccan Henna Parties
129
HENNA GATHERINGS TODAY
130
Transformation
131
HENNA FOR EACH OTHER
133
The Joining of Hands
135
Eroticism
137
The Love Position
142
INTIMACY AND THE IMAGINATION
143
Intimate Encounters
144
TO THE ARTIST
146
Healing
147
The White Heart
149
A Final Word
151
Resource Guide
153
Bibliography
156
Photographic Credits
158
Index
160
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About the author (1998)

Loretta Roome is the founder of The Mehndi Project, which has received international attention for its efforts to help popularize the art of henna painting around the world. She has painted celebrities, schoolchildren, grandmothers, and businessmen alike. Based in New York City, she divides her time between writing, performing music, and continuing her research and practice of the art of mehndi.

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