Mehndi: The Timeless Art of Henna Painting

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Mehndi, the ancient art of painting on the skin with henna, beautifies the body, rejuvenates the spirit, and celebrates the joys of creativity and self-expression. More than just a temporary tattoo, mehndi offers us a way to participate in a centuries-old tradition still practiced in India, Africa, and the Middle East.

In this stunning and authoritative book, Loretta Roome traces the origins and meanings of traditional designs, demonstrates how to create them on the skin, and ...

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Mehndi, the ancient art of painting on the skin with henna, beautifies the body, rejuvenates the spirit, and celebrates the joys of creativity and self-expression. More than just a temporary tattoo, mehndi offers us a way to participate in a centuries-old tradition still practiced in India, Africa, and the Middle East.

In this stunning and authoritative book, Loretta Roome traces the origins and meanings of traditional designs, demonstrates how to create them on the skin, and reveals the recipes, tools, and techniques needed to paint designs that range from simple to complex. The result of years of research and the author's experience as one of the nation's foremost mehndi artists, Roome's book offers practical information, creative inspiration, and many suggestions for enhancing the playful, intimate, sensual, erotic, and spiritual aspects of the ancient and amazing art of mehndi.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780312187439
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 7.03 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Loretta Roome is the founder of The Mehndi Project, which has received international attention for its efforts to help popularize the art of henna painting around the world. She has painted celebrities, schoolchildren, grandmothers, and businessmen alike. Based in New York City, she divides her time between writing, performing music, and continuing her research and practice of the art of mehndi.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2001

    The Best!

    This is unquestionably the most comprehensive mehndi book out there. It is full of information from the origins of the art to how to aquire the henna powder to meanings of designs. I have read it cover to cover and continue to use it as a reference.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2000

    Everything you need to know!

    This book is an incredible source of information about the art of henna. It explains in detail everything from the henna traditions and patterns of various cultures and countries, to the meanings of popular symbols, henna receipes, and original patterns. If you are serious about henna, this book is a must!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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