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Ancient Origins of Henna and How Contemporary Artists Keep It Thriving

Modern Henna Designs

Today, traditional henna has evolved with the influence of Western culture. While age-old motifs such as paisleys, flowers, leaves, and geometric shapes are still being incorporated in designs, they’re often given a modern twist. Henna artists all over the world can be seen using glitter, gilding, and white henna, with some designs even painted to look just like lace gloves.

Inspired? You can create your own henna tattoos at home by mixing up home-made paste, or using a henna tattoo kit.

Henna Tattoos

Natural Henna Kit from NamasteCollectivee | $19.38

Henna Tattoos

“Ultimate Big Bad Beginners” Henna Tattoo Kit from ShopBeachcombers | $43.99

Learn how to make your own henna paste.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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