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Workshop Description

Henna Art

Henna is made from a plant called Lawsonia Inermis, found in hot climates. The plant’s twigs, petals, and leaves are crushed into a fine powder that contains tannin, then hot water is added to create a thick paste. The reddish brown paste is frequently used to decorate the hands and feet, and can also be used to dye fabric, clothes, and hair. This practice of body adornment often aims to honor life’s experiences and transitions, as well as to inspire and empower during difficult times. Patterns range depending on their place of origin, and represent different things to different cultures: health, fertility, knowledge, protection, and spiritual enlightenment are among some of their purposes. Men might implement the practices for symbolic reasons as well as women, depending on the culture. Designs may contain abstract symbols, geometrical shapes, or graceful floral or vine motifs. Our henna workshops are generally supportive and empowering in nature; teachers might choose a particular “theme” based on the purpose of the class.