Looking at the ancient art of henna
Discover the origins of henna and its uses today
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The word "henna" means many things. It refers to the henna plant, the powders and pastes that are made from the leaves of the henna plant, and the incredible art that is painted on the skin using this natural dye. For some, the word henna summons images of a traditional Indian wedding, or perhaps a stall on a boardwalk where tourists can get a temporary tattoo.
Henna can be traced from the modern boardwalk all the way back to the pharaohs of ancient Egypt, thousands of years ago. Its uses and meanings have evolved across multiple countries, cultures, and religions since then.
Intrigued? Click through this gallery to learn about the origins of the magnificent art of henna and its modern applications.
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