Photographer's Note

This is India as I know it, it is progressive, yet deep rooted in tradition. I saw this girl pillion riding on a bike with her boy friend, it could have been a scene from anywhere in the world, except the girl had her hand upright as she had still wet henna on it.

From weddings to festivals, young girls never let a chance to apply henna go by….in act some just apply it just like that. The more modern ones at times wear henna as a tattoo..

Henna is a shrub, the leaves are dried and ground into a paste, the henna powder is then added with other condiments(or by itself) , is mixed with water and applied in intricate patterns on hands and feet(in case of married women). Considered auspicious, henna is an integral part of all wedding ceremonies and highly skilled artisans are brought in to adorn a bride’s hands with henna and in some cultures the bridegroom’s too-The green mixture is then left to dry(the longer the better) and leaves behind an orange to a dark maroon pattern.

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