Henna is an ancient form of art; it has been around for a very long time. Henna is not just found in Pakistan or India but you can find it in other parts of the world too such as Algeria, Turkey and Libya.
I’ve been playing around with henna since I was very young. For celebrations such as weddings or Eid, we would always gather around at home and draw henna designs on one another. It definitely is an important part of my culture and it’s an important part of me.
You have to be very careful when drawing on henna; you need to really focus on the design you are making. What I like most about using henna is if I were to make a mistake, it doesn’t affect the design in a negative way; in fact it creates a more interesting design than before.
Henna can come in many designs. I like to practice with a pencil and paper and draw out my design first. I start with a dot or a line and then a swirl and I try to build from that. I like to draw flowers in my designs.
Henna for me is a way to express myself. It helps me to focus on one thing in that timeframe. It makes me feel calmer and it helps me to unwind. Some people like to read books or go for a walk to relax but I love to do henna to relax.
Henna is definitely art because art is when people put different concepts together and create it as their own and that’s definitely what henna is. Art can be anywhere, it can be on a wall or you can even find it on a hand.