Loosely based on detail from a photograph, East Indian women show off the freshly applied detailed henna designs on their hands in a grayscale pop art digital painting in duo tone. This beautiful art is known as Mehndi, and though it is a very ancient form of traditional body adornment it is still regularly practiced to this day in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Africa, the Middle East and has even become popular in the United States; there is little question as to why such a beautiful art has stood the test of time. Traditionally Mehndi is applied for special occasions such as weddings and festivals. The application of the design can take several hours, and then the henna is allowed to dry on the skin for several more hours to ensure the stain of the henna remains dark on the skin once the paste is washed away. The final color of the design is dark red and can last for weeks until natural exfoliation will eventually allow it to fade away. What a beautiful art form this tradition is! Please visit my Black, White and In Between art gallery to see more of my monochrome artwork.
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September 6th, 2020
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