The Henna Archive

A Step-by-Step Guide to 30 Designs

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Pub Date 19 Mar 2024 | Archive Date 18 Mar 2024

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With detailed how-tos, evocative stories, and expert advice, this curated collection of 30 beautiful, easily reproducible designs by henna expert Azra Khamissa captures the past, present, and future of henna. 

Applied intricately to hands before celebrations, spread thickly on the soles of feet to protect the skin, or drawn in loose lines and shapes as a form of creative expression: Henna is all these things and more. Using her deep love for henna and tapping into her years of hosting henna workshops, designer and chiropractor Azra Khamissa fuses her own unique designs with historical and traditional inspiration to create The Henna Archive, a guide with 30 approachable designs that you can create at home.

Inside you’ll find historical designs from Libya, Algeria, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, and more, as well as designs of Khamissa’s own creation: leopard prints, crescent moons, Japanese knots, and flowers. Touching stories from people around the world sharing their personal connections to henna pair with the designs and illuminate the intimate nature of this ancient body art. Included are detailed how-tos to take your henna practice to the next level and tips, like how to get the perfect stain, what to look for when shopping for the best quality henna products, and how to host your own henna party.

With detailed how-tos, evocative stories, and expert advice, this curated collection of 30 beautiful, easily reproducible designs by henna expert Azra Khamissa captures the past, present, and future...

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Beautiful photography paired with beautiful words about the practices and history surrounding henna. I love how this book touches on traditional, medicinal, historical, and modern uses and incorporates individual family histories and memories from fans and friends as well as the authors own experiences.

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I received this e-book ARC through Net Galley from Chronicle Books in exchange for a truthful review.

I was intrigued by both the use of the word "archive" in the title and the simple designs on the cover which I had never seen before.
While I wouldn't consider just 30 designs an "archive", I enjoyed reading about this artist's techniques in re-creating these 30 designs, both traditional and modern, and the background information for each. Safety information about henna was also appreciated.
I personally did enjoy seeing the traditional designs - very minimalist, pretty and unique to me.
My favorite design featured: the traditional Mauritanian design.

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I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was around 3.5 stars for me.

This is an interesting book. It talks a bit about the role and historical context of henna and when it's used. The book has 30 designs which are a mix of traditional-looking designs and more modern, Westernized designs. There's instructions on how to make the designs and helpful pictures throughout. It's a helpful book, but I was hoping for something more in depth.

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