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Henna Patterns – Intricate


In the school I work at in Mwanza,Tanzania, I teach number of girls who regularly have their hands painted with henna (mehndi) – whether it is for a religious festival, a wedding or just a public holiday, the girls will come in with their arms covered in these beautiful intricate patterns.
The art of henna has been practiced for over 5000 years in Pakistan, India, Africa and the Middle East and designs are influenced by floral and vine patterns, lace and paisley designs or geometric shapes.

This photograph was taken of one of my year 6 students who had had her hands decorated to celebrate Eid Al Fitr.

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5 Comments

  1. Saba-Thambi May 2, 2015 — Post Author

    That is beautiful!

    • alidunnell May 3, 2015 — Post Author

      Thank you… I love seeing the students with their painted hands, and couldn’t a photograph.

  2. Tina Schell May 3, 2015 — Post Author

    Very cool – excellent choice for the challenge.

  3. macmsue May 3, 2015 — Post Author

    Stunning! Perfect for the challenge too.

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