Female Empowerment through Henna
By: Krysteen Lomonaco ~
Women are strong, brave, powerful and full of grace. But sometimes we forget how strong we can be and need a little reminder every once in awhile.
Cancer is a horrible reality that we must face as a family, friend or personally. Bonding through something symbolically can boost hope and confidence within that group. Groups like Henna Heals in Canada help contribute to the relief of cancer stricken women and have been growing in recognition. It might seem like such a small thing, get a henna or jagua tattoo on bald women that have been or are currently going through chemo therapy. But if you look through their work and see the look in these women’s eyes, it’s truly inspiring. Just by creating these mehndi crowns, they are changing lives. Here’s a link: http://www.hennaheals.ca/
Women who suffer from breast cancer often get mastectomies in order to remove risk of cancerous cells returning or multiplying. A friend of Mehndi Madness, Tina Bafaro, was applauded for her work on a woman who received a double mastectomy. This tattoo across the woman’s breast plate brought back a sense of femininity to the woman and something that could have been negative into a positive situation. More of her tattoo work can be seen on her website: http://www.bafaro.com/
Similarly, Henna artist Neha Assar, based in Beverly Hills has shown similar pieces with henna. She uses the female body to showcase her designs in a way that is not common. Her pieces of “henna shirts” were part of a Project Ethos Show. These pieces celebrate the female form and create a very powerful statement. More photos on: http://www.nehaassar.com/
Pregnancy and birth are one of the human race’s most magical experiences. Celebrate this time with some pregnancy mehndi. The ritual of applying mehndi in the 7th month of pregnancy is an age old tradition and is said to bring good luck to the mother and child during birth. Rituals also include blessing the child in life, bringing the mother and child beauty and protection from evil.
Symbolism can be very important if you want to incorporate them into your mehndi design. Remember that this symbol needs to be important to the person receiving the mehndi so that it can serve as an effective reminder to stay strong. The photos shown are of the female empowerment goddess and an inspirational quote in an infinity symbol.
If you are interested in hearing some henna stories, one in particular of a woman receiving peace please look at our webpage: http://mehndimadness.com/showprojects.asp?projectid=11