‘Henna’-the name evokes image of beautiful hands decorated delicately with intricate designs in the much familiar reddish brown hue.
Historically, Henna was used for cosmetic purposes in the Roman Empire, Convivencia-period Iberia and Ancient Egypt, as well as other parts of North Africa, the Horn of Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, the Near East and South Asia. It was also popular among women in 19th-century Europe. Today, bridal henna nights remain an important tradition in many of these areas. Henna art has always fascinated me as a child and even now, the beauty of it on the hands makes me always stop and enjoy the beauty of it. Ridita is a charming artist in the making who describes henna designing as her innate passion. I had a quick chat with Ridita to know what inspired her and where she got her design ideas from.
Kay: When did you start henna designing?
Ridita: I started designing professionally since last year. Previously I used to apply Henna on my friends and family.
Kay: Share with us a little about your creativity process?
Ridita: I love art and creativity. I always look forward to creating some different and innovative designs.
Kay: Who inspires you?
Ridita: My family and my friends are my biggest inspiration.
Kay: Your favorite artists/designers?
Ridita: My one and only art teacher Marky Alvarado.
Kay: Is it only henna or do you have other hidden talents as well?
Ridita: I am also interested in painting and make-up.
Kay: IF someone wants to start with do-it-yourself henna art, do you have any tips for such a person?
Ridita: Start with drawing a basic flower. That’s the best way to start henna designing.
Kay: What do you look forward to doing in future?
Ridita: I would love to take henna designing to a new level and bring out something worth making a history.
Henna design or henna art has withstood the test of time, taking newer forms and captivating interest of generations
after generations. From traditional and spiritual indications to festivities and now as temporary tattoo, Henna has crossed
borders of culture, ethnicity or religion and is liked by all as a richly beautiful art. It’s therefore not difficult to stand in praise
of this remarkable gift of nature that induces feelings of happiness, beauty, enigma and trust in its bearer.
Often people attempt to live their lives backwards. They try to acquire more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want. Don’t feel limited by the traditional uses of henna – it is an evolving art and there is always room to invent new traditions! If you feel that henna would enhance your celebration, go for it! There are people who live in a dream world, and there are people who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other. It is your choice to pick where you want to be!