July 20, 1997 |
Whenever the mood hits her, Hollywood film producer Ilene Staple gathers several friends and heads to Little India in Artesia, where she slips inside Ziba Beauty Salon to have her hands stained with henna in the ancient style of Indian adornment called mehndi. Staple, 36, says she prefers to dress simply but that "this is a way of marking myself for special occasions that is beautiful and meditative. We plan a whole day around it. We have lunch, buy music, go to the shops for spices and bangles.
January 16, 1997 |
They weave around a wrist like iron lace, along the edge of a foot like an embroidered hemline, spiral the palm like a branch shadow projected by the sun. Written on the body, these imprints--deep red strokes that fade into an echo of an image--are the markings of a North African and Indian tradition called Mehndi, an ancient art of henna painting. Henna is known as much for its apothecary powers as its magical properties.
November 20, 1997 |
Walking through a trendy boutique in a mall in the Valley, I am reminded of when I was a little girl and I wrapped myself in the gold and rich colors of my grandmother's soft silk saris. I see bright red dots called bindis, not wrapped in little cards in the sweet-smelling Indian shops of my childhood but crowded together in a neon-lit showcase with chokers, cheap jewelry, colorful hair dyes and other trendy accessories.
July 9, 1999 |
This summer adorning the skin is in, but who knows about this fall? Fashion is fickle, so think about temporary beauty designs on the body. There are plenty of products for self-applications of mehndi designs, tattoos, body jewels and stenciled-on color. They're perfect for people of the here-today-gone-tomorrow mentality. Create henna designs that last about a week with the help of a new book, "The Art of Mehndi" (Penguin Studio, $19.
September 10, 1999 |
Those mehndi artists do great work with temporary henna tattoos, but there's so much time involved. What's a trendy Angeleno who wants some body art supposed to do? Tattoo yourself. With a rubber stamp and an ink pad, a temporary design on your body part of choice is just seconds away. Rubber stamp companies such as Magenta and All Night Media have come up with designs that look like mehndi, with exotic patterns and intricate swirls.
November 9, 1997 |
It began when we spotted a sign outside of Aahs in Santa Monica, heralding the arrival of do-it-yourself henna tattoo kits. Inside, we found a choice of five kits with stencils, as well as a book of designs for those adventurous enough to tackle this thing freehand. "Very popular," said store manager Willa Grady of the kits. We settled on a box labeled Mehndi Body Art--$15 including two stencils, henna powder, directions and a plastic cone for applying.