A guide to the ancient art form of henna body decoration, covering everything from the historical, symbolic and spiritual aspects of henna to its adoption by the West as a way of decorating the body without the permanence of traditional tattoos.
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Traditional trends and influences from the East have pervaded popular Western culture in the last few years, from food and holistic therapies to make-up and body art. No longer simply the preserve of Asian brides, these eastern beauty techniques are being embraced by woman of all nationalities and backgrounds. "The Art of Mehndi" is the definitive style guide to the fascinating ancient art form of henna body decoration, covering everything from the historical, symbolic and spiritual aspects of henna to its adoption by the West as a way of decorating the body without the permanence of traditional tattoos. Sumita Batra, a leading mehndi artist who has decorated the bodies of Madonna and Gwen Stefani, here creates 40 original designs that can easily be re-created to stunning effect.