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In this workshop, you will be given an overview of what henna is, where it comes from historically, and how it is used today.  We will learn henna technique by tracing an outline of our hand onto paper and then decorating them with basic and classic henna designs!  The practice will allows us to create something that we can keep forever.  Once our designs are finished, we will use the plexiglass to practice using the henna cone.  After we are comfortable with the henna cone, Leaners can create designs on their hands.  

Traditionally, Henna has been used for centuries for body decoration and is associated with many cultural celebrations.  People use it primarily for cosmetic purposes to adorn their hands and body. Central Asia uses it prior to mummification to dye hands and nails. It has also been used in Southern China and was associated with rituals for purpose of spirituality.  Today, henna tattoos are applied in various types and styles.  

Henna paste is made by grounding dry henna leaves which are then used in making various beautiful designs. The art of henna-tattooing has become a fashion statement. It is preferred over permanent tattoos as it is all natural. It is also painless and temporary.  People apply henna tattoos in various designs, depicting different symbols and meanings. This richly beautiful art knows no boundaries in culture, ethnicity, gender, religious, or spiritual beliefs.  Henna is an integral part of many festivals. It is mainly applied to celebrations like Engagement ceremonies, weddings, the birth of a child, naming ceremony, on occasions of observing fasts, Teej, Diwali, Eid, Christmas, New Year, etc.

I have so many memories surrounding henna art.  I fell in love with it when I was only 10, I really love and would practice and apply it all the time.   When I ran out of space I would draw with it on walls and when my mom slept so I applied it to her hand.  I always looked forward to any henna ceremonies and would apply henna tattoos for everyone.

I am excited to meet you and share the beautiful art of henna with you!

What You'll Need

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Afghan Henna Art and Body Design GLOkit

1 Henna Cone, 4-5 White paper with 1 pencil and a square glass.

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Pen and marker.

Technical Requirements

You will need a device (computer or tablet) that is equipped with a camera, microphone, and speakers. For more information, please check out our Technical Requirements page.

Meet the Instructor

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Fawzia ZamaniView Profile

My name is Fawzia, but everyone calls me Foz.  I was born in a country where there was constant war, and women did not have freedom in their lives.  I had dreams and ambitions that one day I will be a top artist and educated person but it was not possible in my homeland.  Fortunately, my family moved to Pakistan and I started my education and began exploring henna art. 

I love to travel over the world and learn about other  cultures and their art.  At this point in my life I am happy to say that I have been to many countries and experienced many different cultures.  I have fulfilled most of my dreams as I have finished my education, and I now have a 10 years old daughter and I am a successful henna artist.

When I was 10 years old I discovered my passion for henna art.  First I started drawing the patterns on white paper — every day I traced more than 10 hands with patterns.  After I became comfortable with the designs on paper, I started working with a henna cone.  I have so many memories of henna because when my papers were full, I started to draw on walls — even on my mother's hand while she was sleeping.

In our Afghani culture, we have lots of crafts and art such as knitting carpet, jackets, dresses or making pots, flowers much more.  When I was small my mom would always knit a jacket, socks, and gloves for me.  She taught me the basics of knitting as well. But most of our people loved henna and they used henna in each festival.  There is an entire ceremony dedicated to henna the night before a wedding where we draw patterns for both the bride and groom, as well as the wedding guests. We do henna arts on Eids, New Year's, engagement, wedding, etc.

Nowadays, everyone loves to learn how to draw henna as they can use it instead of tattoo because it has no side effects and, while it is long lasting, it is temporary. That is the reason I want to teach this art to everyone so they can enjoy it and they can use it at every festival.

Currently, I am living in the Dominican Republic. I loved everything here especially the sea view and it has lots of beaches with fresh fish. Dominicans are so friendly and helpful. It has pure nature and quiet places where you can feel very relaxed.

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It was very good! The kids and staff enjoyed it.

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Afghan Henna Art and Body Design