Art Education: A Lesson Plan for Henna Body Painting

Gwynnavier Jones 

The art form of Henna calligraphy tattooing, historically known as mehndi, has been around for centuries.  Intricate application of henna upon the body is symbolically used for various reasons as a marker of social, ritual or marital status within cultures such as India, Morocco or Islam.  Lalla Essaydi captures the intricate detail of Arabic henna calligraphy art through her images alongside Arab culture and Islamic tradition.

Cultural History

What is henna made of?

Lalla Essaydi’s View on Henna

Lalla Essaydi Art Education Lesson Plan

Cited Sources

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