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A Tradition of Henna Art Neeta Sharma

by Jamie Menaker

Matthew james photography

Henna is a plant and also an Indian tradition of staining intricate designs on the body. The henna leaf, when broken down and mixed into a paste, is used for its ability to dye the skin. While the plant itself has been in existence for centuries, the traditions and folklore behind henna, or mehndi, run almost as deep. Neeta Sharma has been decorating brides with henna for twenty-two years, and has brought her craft to San Joaquin.    Born and raised in India, Sharma was surrounded by henna during her childhood and became enamored with the ancient art. She taught herself the practice of henna, trying different styles, with no shortage of friends in India willing to let her sample henna designs on their skin. Through moves to Australia and Canada, she still brought the art with her, trying to keep up her henna designs as much as possible on anyone that was willing. »    

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