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Transcript of 1200BC

27 BC
100 AD
Mehndi aka Henna
What is Mehdni?
From the title above, this type of paste has two names Mehndi and Henna. Henna is a Persian word for a plant known as Lawsonia Inermis. Typically, you can find this paste at any Middle Eastern/Indian store like the one on Carling. The paste is formed by the plant Lawsonia Inermis and the steps to make the final product is harvest, dry and then crush. The start of this phenomenon was found in the Middle East. Usually, you'll see Henna on Indian brides and I know this because I see it all the time. Not only is it exclusive to Middle Eastern cultures it has severely grown onto other's cultures.
Setting - 1200 BC Egyptian Era
What did they use Henna for?

Setting - 27 BC-476AD Roman Empire
What did they use Henna for?
Setting - India
100-600 AD

Word became more popular especially Henna.

Only used for cosmetic purposes to satisfy their partner...
Dye hair
Stain nails and skin

They did this because it was easy and temporary therefore if the husband did not enjoy it, the stain will soon disintegrate.

Setting - 1558-1603 Elizabethan Era
What was it used for?
Setting - 13th and 15th Century
Middle East (13th)

Cooling purposes because it is technically a herb. The temperature of the Henna allows it to be applied to such surfaces like burns, open wounds and athlete's foot.
Setting - TODAY
All around the world, Henna has became a new well known thing. Many people know a days use it as a form of body art that is only temporay. It is better for those people who cannot put their minds to getting a real tattoo. It has been transformed to be a device for temporary less harsh dye and easy removal tattoos.
With the mummified bodies, henna dyed hair and fingers an example would be Ramses II. In this era, when you pass away you are supposed to restore the youthful appearance. Ramses II had red hair in his youth, the henna can redye his hair red because the Lawsone has a reddish orange dye that blinds the keratin to stain the skin.

Also, it was used to protect the Pharaohs. Hands and feet were dyed with henna to protect the bed of the Pharaoh.

A random fact, it has been documented that henna is to be a mourning ritual and ceremony of the dead
Only cosmetic purposes.........
Easy to dye/stain skin to look darker
Dye hair, it is temporary
Only item that could be used because it was cheap and easy to find.
12th Century
Henna started to be used when a bride was getting married especially for poorer class citizens. The brides would have henna on their hands and feet because not everyone was rich and could afford jewelery. Henna gave the affect of jewelery for the Middle Class.
17th and 20th Century
Henna designs became more fascinating and unique.

No matter your wealth status, you would apply henna on yourself because it was a hobbie or a getaway.

Brides were seen wearing henna more often.

Henna became a universal symbol for India such as for Eid, Goodluck or Pregnancy.
Dye hair darker and lighter....why?
Many well known people aka Queen Elizabeth I had red hair. So many people wanted to follow the trend, so with Henna being temporary it allowed individuals to experience being a red head for a short amount of time like the Queen.

It was also to dye leather and cloth, the dye gave the effect of old and rustic.
Universal (15th)
The word about Henna ended up spreading like a wildfire. During this period, the rave was not about the intricate designs it was about the hair dye. People wanted to use Henna as dye for hair because it was less harsh due to the chemicals and more natural.
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