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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Indian Art and Craft : Art of body painting - 6

Guys, it is the 6th segment on Indian Art and Craft. It is my little effort to know about the various painting technologies of India. Let us have a look.


Painting the body is stylized designs with henna paste, is an ancient practice followed in India during festive and special occasions like marriages. Henna (Mehendi in the north) or Maruthani as it is known in Tamil Nadu, is derived from the leaves of the henna plant. The leaves are ground into a thick paste, and applied in geometric designs on the palms and soles of the feet and left to dry. Once washed off, a red pigmentation is left behind on the applied area. This style of decoration is also used by dancers on their feet. Henna is a proven coolant for the body and is now used for medicinal purposes the world over and also as a hair dye.

Related Links:

01. Indian Art and Craft : The Living Age - 1
02. Indian Art and Craft : The painting history of India - 2
03. Indian Art and Craft : India the home of Painting - 3
04. Indian Art and Craft : Ajanta Paintings - 4
05. Indian Art and Craft : Floor Designs and Madhubani Paintings - 5
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