The Ancient Art of Henna
Ornamenting the skin with henna is among
the world's oldest known art forms. A paste is made
from the henna plant (Lawsonia Inermis) and applied
to the skin in a wide array of intricate designs. The
ancient cosmetic and healing practice - known as Mehndi
- is still widespread among cultures in North Africa,
Asia and the Middle East.
In today's Western world, there has
been a great resurgence in the use of henna, and Luna's
Henna guitars, the first in a series, are our tribute
to this ancient feminine art form.
UK artist Alex Morgan created the artwork
especially for Luna's henna guitars.
The pattern I chose for Luna's Henna
guitar is based on the art of Medieval Spain. This culturally
rich and diverse period is the only one in which henna
was grown and used as a cosmetic in Europe. Coincidentally,
the era also was historically important in the development
and growing popularity of the guitar. ...Alex Morgan