01 September 2015

Henna Art: History Made Beautiful

Awaken your inner spirituality as you indulge in the ancient and beautifully embellished body art of Henna. This temporary tattoo can be worn for celebration or simply as a body adornment where you won’t have to get anything pierced or permanently inked but instead, you can experiment with different designs, patterns and shades as you please. Here, we let you in on getting to know Henna.


Where did it begin?

Formerly known as ‘Mehndi (or Mehandi)’ in Hindi and Urdu, the art of Henna has reportedly been a cultural practice for over 5000 years and is mostly agreed as having originated in India, though it’s also been part of Pakistan, Africa and the Middle East for almost just as long.

Why is it significant?

In the past, Henna was historically used for all kinds of purposes including providing a cooling affect on the skin during hotter weather, to celebrate special occasions especially weddings and birthdays, for medicinal use, for cosmetic treatment and of course, it was worn as a form of self expression. Since the late Bronze Age in the eastern Mediterranean, Henna was worn as not only an attractive adornment but also as a sign of luck and joy where a person was seen to have blessings or "Barakah". Today, the Henna Tattoo maintains the same purpose of body adornment where its various designs prove the perfect embellishment of individual liberation and beauty.

What is it?

The name Henna is derived from the Henna plant which can grow between 3.6 to 4.5 metres high and comes from the Lawsonia genus. From this plant, a Henna paste is made from crushing leaves and twigs or by alternatively drying its leaves and mixing them with water.

How does it work?

In the same way that you would draw using a marker pen, the Henna paste is applied to an area of skin, typically the hands or feet, and is left to dry for at least three to four hours. After the Henna paste dries, it leaves a stain in the skin where the colour varies between orange to a dark maroon. On average, Henna begins to fade away between seven to fourteen days depending on how well you maintain it.

For a Henna Tattoo your body will adore, visit Chevron Renaissance’s Beads & Braiding for a specialised range of exquisite Henna designs applied by a team of dedicated assistants.