Mehendi-hand drawing using henna from India

Traditionally, intricate patterns are drawn on the hands, arms and feet using a mixture of dried, powdered henna leaves and water with a little lime. The mix is applied either by using a cone like cake decorating or a thin stick. The mixture is allowed to dry and an orange-red stain appears once the henna is rubbed off the skin. The patterns are intricate and very much a part of the wedding celebration.

An adaptation is to have the girls trace their hand and use orange markers to make intricate designs on 'their hands' (a paper cut-out of their hands?). Parents would be happier with this than actually doing Mehendi as it can take 2-3 weeks to wear off.

Contributed by:
Marion Lougheed
Red Willow Creek District, Aurora

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