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Henna Sourcebookby Mary Packard
Synopses & Reviews
No one knows for sure when henna was first used for skin decorating, but traces of henna have been found on mummies in Egypt and on cave painting in India dating back thousands of years. While this tradition is still widely used in India, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, it is now gaining popularity throughout the Western world as well. Rooted in the belief that those whose skin is adorned with henna are blessed with good fortune, henna is often associated with rights of passage—coming of age, marriage, and childbirth. Holidays and festivals are times when women and girls decorate their hands and feet, and henna patterns are sometimes unique to these occasions. In some cultures, a bridegroom may be decorated the night before a wedding as well. It is increasingly common for henna parties to be held in the United States, sometimes at weddings, birthday parties, and baby showers—and sometimes just for fun. Henna patterns are seen adorning pop icons like Madonna, Demi Moore, and Prince, and henna artists are becoming an increasingly common sight at street fairs and shops as a temporary and painless alternative to tattoos. Design motifs are included from many different cultures, with background information provided about the symbolism of the designs and motifs.
Henna Sourcebook presents representative henna patterns from all around the world and provides the perfect inspiration for selecting henna designs to fit every occasion, mood and taste of anyone wanting to participate in this creative tradition.
About the Author
Eleanor Kwei (Lower Hudson Valley, NY) is a graphic designer and illustrator specializing in pen and ink. Her work appears in over 30 published books for children and adults. Raised by diplomat parents Kwei has lived on four continents. In Henna Sourcebook, she combines her background of extensive travel with her artistic passion, pursuing her long-time interest in researching the world's cultures through their art. Mary Packard (Northport, N.Y.) has written over 250 books for children and adults. Her earliest memories include sitting beside her grandmother who regaled her with exploits of gods and goddesses, tales that had been passed down to her when she was a child living in Greece. As an adult Packard continues to find creative inspiration in the stories and customs of other cultures - from the dreams of the Ojibway and the tales of great Pueblo storytellers to the imaginative expression of all those who practice the timeless tradition of henna art around the world.
Mary Packard has written over 250 books for children and adults. One of her earliest memories was of her sitting beside her grandmother as she regaled her with exploits of gods and goddesses, tales that had been passed down to her from when she was a child in Greece. As an adult Packard continues to find creative inspiration in the stories and customs of other cultures - from the dreams of the Ojibway and the tales of great Pueblo storytellers to the imaginative expression of all those who practice the timeless tradition of henna art around the world.
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