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    Posted November 12, 2012 by
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    CNN celebrates ... Diwali

    Henna/ Mehndi the art of Diwali

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Artist and fashion designer Hyacinth3 took these images whilst visiting a busy bazaar in Klang, Malaysia.

    “I noticed a lady who was offering services to design peoples hands, fingers, legs and toes with ‘henna’ for a small price,” she says.

    “There were a few Henna/ Mehndi artist around, but this particular applier seemed to put alot of heart, thought and dedicated effort into her work. I jumped at the opportunity to get some of her henna designs applied on my hands and fingers.”

    “After the design was complete, I felt so overwhelmed and happy with the results- it put a big smirk on my face. Hence we both decided to take pictures as a form of remembrance, to my surprise the Henna applier had her own digital camera in her pocket.” Hyacinth3

    This photo was taken when my friends and I were shopping for Deepavali on busy bazaar street of Jalan Tengku Kelana in the City of Klang, Selangor (Malaysia) a week prior to the festive day. I noticed a lady who was offering services to design peoples hands, fingers, legs and toes with "henna" for a small price. There were a few Henna/ Mehndi artist around, but this particular applier seemed to put alot of heart, thought and dedicated effort into her work. I jumped at the opportunity to get some of her henna designs applied on my hands and fingers.

    After the design was complete, i felt so overwhelmed and happy with the results- it put a big smirk on my face. Hence we both decided to take pictures as a form of remembrance, to my surprise the Henna applier had her own digital camera in her pocket. I've also added a photo taken by a friend at the very same bazaar, as she was able to capture the moment i was Mahendi process. Finally I myself took some close up pictures of my hands using my Iphone and could hardly wait to share the experience on-line (via Instagram and Facebook).

     

    Henna designs are done by freehand. The Henna applier somehow tells a story, during the process of Mahendi (process of applying henna to the skin). This picture reaches the depths of my heart resurrecting a warm smile from within, everyone that views a Henna design is unable to hide that impressed look which comes with a wide smile across their face. Its like listening to a good song, except in this case you are viewing it. In short Heena/Mehndi designs are art pieces from the heart, they bring about a very spiritual and relaxing vibe to anyone who come across them.

     

    Diwali - The Festivals of Lights is a joyous occasion where people come together to dance, sing, eat delicious indian food, embrace culture, share, worship, smile, shop and experience a burst of colors. I've also added other photos to give the viewers a better idea of what goes on at these bazaars. Textiles, fireworks, sweets, accessories and so on. Thank you for reading. Happy Diwali to you~!!

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