Henna Patterns – Intricate

Henna Hands
Henna Hands

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.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Saba-Thambi says:

    That is beautiful!


    1. alidunnell says:

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

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Tina Schell says:

    Very cool – excellent choice for the challenge.


  3. macmsue says:

    Stunning! Perfect for the challenge too.


    1. alidunnell says:

      Thanks macmsue!


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