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A Cultural Timeline - Henna
Transcript of A Cultural Timeline - Henna
Henna is a plant, a tropical shrub. When the leaves are powdered it is used as a dye to color the hair and decorate the body.
It has been proved that over 5ooo years ago, Egyptians used henna to dye their hair and fingernails of the dead.
27BC - 476AD:
Henna was used by the Roman women for cosmetic purposes. They had used it to make themselves appeal more attractive, just as women today use makeup, same idea.
Henna was primarily introduced to the Indian culture. It was used only by the rich families when it was first being used but later became a popular use to all people of all wealth class. Originally henna patterns were small and simple, just a symbol of some sort, however it became a more complex art form and larger patterns.
Henna at this point was now more used for hair coloring purposes. The henna was a natural product and therefore people would use the dye with the henna in it for a more natural coloring look rather than the ones done with chemicals.
In the 20th century henna tattoos became more popular through out all of India. It slowly became a tradition in the indian culture for the bride to get her hands, feet and sometimes legs tattooed for the wedding ceremony. They would often do it days sometimes a week or two in advanced so that the henna could sit for long making the dye much darker and pigmented.
What is Henna?
Henna in the Egyptian Era
The Roman Empire
During the Elizabethan Era henna was primarily used to temporarily color hair lighter or darker with the henna dye. Elizabeth's hair was red and when she passed away they redyed her hair back red to keep her youthful look.
Today henna has become a world wide body art form for many. People today still continue to use it for wedding, religious or cultural purposes but also just for ones own pleasure. People get henna tattooed if they are unsure about what real tattoo they want yet or if they simply just don't want a permanent one. Henna is also a good way for people to hide scars and imperfections. What had started out as just a plant has found its way in becoming a popular and unique contribution to the art (body art) of this world.
Cassandra Jones St-Onge
A Cultural Timeline