GemArts Mendhi/Henna Artist

Festival of Thrift henna hand painting
Date: Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th September
Time: 10:00 - 17.00
Location: Home Live Art Alternative Village Fete - Festival Site, Lingfield Point

GemArts believe the arts enrich the lives of individuals and communities through celebrating cultural diversity, and aims to increase equality of opportunity for everyone to engage with culturally diverse arts – as producers, participants and audience members.

At the Festival of Thrift 2015, GemArts brings Mehndi, the art of henna painting on the body, to Darlington. This traditional art form has been practiced in parts of India, Africa and the Middle East for centuries. Traditionally dried henna plant leaves were made into a paste to produce a temporary dye used to paint intricate patterns on to the skin, usually hands/arms and feet, on special occasions. GemArts professional Henna artist will use hypoallergic paint to create beautiful designs on visitors’ hands.

Photo credit – GemArts/James Sebright

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