Re: Indian henna nerves

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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on September 26, 2002 at 00:00:35:

In reply to: Indian henna nerves posted by Steph on September 25, 2002 at 22:40:44:

: that she's going to. If I could see some good examples of traditional
: indian henna, That would be really cool. Also, any advice? I've heard
: that only plant matter (leaves, flowers) and paisely should be
: represented. Is this true?

Traditional Muslim Indian women do NOT accept representational
patterns ... but they favor all sorts of abstract floral forms. Hindu
Indian women seem happy with all sorts of other auspicious things
which include representational figures. Above is an example of a
bridal henna I did for a Muslim woman from Hyderabad. These patterns
and this style suited her. Linked below is the story of working with
her. She was a total opposite from my office mate, Shammi, who is
also Muslim Indian .. who had an arranged marriage and night of the
henna too, but is a brilliant, witty, creative, charming, outgoing
woman. India's a big place. Expect the unexpected! Could be a
delight, could be difficult. Relax and be yourself (it's all you can be!)


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