|Source: National Geographic|
|Somali (Dertu) woman with henna.|
|"Lailat al henna" is a women-only celebration to honor a bride on the eve of her wedding in the Sultanate of Oman (Arabia). Her hands bear fanciful filigrees executed in henna, which will wear off in several weeks.|
[Source: National Geographic]
|Indian (Gujarat) woman with Henna by Rudi Roels from Flickr.|
Interesting also is the art of body painting...as seen in the photo below of the Surma peoples of Ethiopia. (I posted magnificent (!) photos of the Surma peoples previously on OBG.) This time, photographer Eric Lafforgue explains that body paintings are central in the culture of the Omo Valley ethnic groups in Ethiopia, like the Suri or the Mursi [also known collectively as Surma].
Among many other cultural groups, Australia's Aborginies also use body paint (and tattoos), but I'll save that info (Part II) for a rainy day. =)
Have you ever tried henna or body paint? Do you have a tattoo?