This young woman is a henna tattooist waiting for customers before the mela begins. I have put a couple more photographs in the workshop where you can see her working and the results.
For those who find etching into the skin with a needle equivalent to Medieval torture, or for those who are too commitment -shy to consent to a lifelong branding, an ancient practice can provide the same artistic fulfillment without the pain or permanence.
Henna tattooing, recently made popular by Madonna, Demi Moore and other performers, has become all the rage in America and Great Britain. With a mixture of simple paste and a little creativity, it is possible to imprint the surface of your skin with a masterpiece that fades away gradually in up to six weeks. "Henna tattoos look nice and you don't have to be stuck with it the rest of your life," said Eve Day, an artist who applies Henna tattoos professionally.
Henna, otherwise known as mendhi, is a tall, shrub-like plant that grows in hot, dry climates. It is grown mostly in Sudan, Egypt, India, most North African countries and Middle Eastern countries. The leaves of the plant are ground into a powder and made into a paste, which, when applied to the skin, leaves an orange stain. After about 24 hours, the orange dye darkens to reddish-brown and then begins to fade as the skin renews itself. "People have been painting each other for thousands of years,"
Information taken from www.esortment.com
- Copyright: marion morgan (jester5) (1785)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-08-18
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon PowerShot SX40HS
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/200 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-08-20 5:51