The Ancient Art of Mehndi

Learn about the art form of applying henna (known as mehndi or mehandi) with a CultureALL Ambassador from India.

Workshop Description

The art form of applying henna (known as mehndi) has been a part of many cultures for thousands of years. This ancient practice has spanned several cultures and traditions, and varies from region to region. Like all symbols, the varying designs often mean different things to different cultures. Henna art is associated with the Indian culture and its use as a ceremonial art form for wedding ceremonies. Indian designs are made of a delicate blending of fine lines creating a striking pattern which covers a larger area of the skin such as the hands and feet.

Students in this session will learn the history and significance of mehndi and create their own intricate designs and patterns (on note-cards and/or hands).  The henna designs last 1-2 weeks, so it is advisable to obtain parental permission in advance of the workshop, so that parents won’t be upset when their children come home with a “tattoo.”

CultureALL has several Ambassadors who can present this workshop, including Sonal Mistry and Mamta Israni.

Workshop Details:

Ambassador Sonal Mistry
Region/Culture India
Subject(s) Math, Science, Social Studies, Art
Participants 25 max
Standard Length 45 min
Room Set-Up Tables and chairs for six groups of students (5 per table), plus 2 big tables & 3 chairs (for demonstration)
Supplies/Equipment Needed: Each student table should have markers, tissue paper/napkins and drawing paper