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The Art of Mehndi

Traditional trends and influences from the East have pervaded popular Western culture in the last few years, from food and holistic therapies to make-up and body art. No longer simply the preserve of Asian brides, these eastern beauty techniques are being embraced by woman of all nationalities and backgrounds. "The Art of Mehndi" is the definitive style guide to the fascinating ancient art form of henna body decoration, covering everything from the historical, symbolic and spiritual aspects of henna to its adoption by the West as a way of decorating the body without the permanence of traditional tattoos. Sumita Batra, a leading mehndi artist who has decorated the bodies of Madonna and Gwen Stefani, here creates 40 original designs that can easily be re-created to stunning effect.
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Table of Contents

Introduction; History and Design Symbolism; The Western World; How to Apply Henna; Patterns & Designs; Mehndi Designs; Resources; Index; Acknowledgements.

About the Author

Sumita Batra is an internationally renowned henna artist, whose designs have graced many top celebrities, from Liv Tyler and Gwen Stefani to Madonna. Her great skill is her artistry and ability to incorporate modern designs with traditional patterns in body decoration and her work is regularly featured in international fashion and beauty publications. The CEO of Ziba beauty salons in California (, Sumita also sells her own beauty products under the brand Sumita Beauty.

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