Byline: Zoe Chamberlain
A PROPHET was passing through the heavens and found a beautiful plant which he brought to earth for his daughter. As she cared for and nurtured the plant, she discovered her hands had turned red from touching the leaves - and the art of mehndi was born.
This is one of many stories about the origins of the ancient Asian art form, which involves adorning the hands and feet with a paste made from finely ground henna leaves. Its exact origins are not known, but it has been used as a cosmetic, and for its supposed healing properties, for at least 5,000 years.
One of the earliest documentations of henna use comes from ancient Egypt, where …