The Art of Mehndi in Toms River

On Monday, July 7th, Toms River Youth Services hosted a program entitled, “The Art of Mehndi” with Swati Shah. Swati taught the students about the history of this Indian art of body painting, demonstrated how to mix it from scratch and then how to design and paint with it. Mehndi, also known as henna painting, is used in traditional Indian weddings in which the hands and feet of the bride are painted with elaborate designs. These temporary tattoos last from 1 – 3 weeks. Those who attended (plus staff and SAIL volunteers) created their own designs and either painted on their own skin or had someone else paint their design. For further info about having a program for the youth at your library, contact Nancy Voitko at (this program is recommended for ages 10 and up and parents should be aware of the temporary nature of the tattoos).

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