The Lawsonia Inermis plant, endemic to Northern Africa,, is considered to be sacred by the Imazighen. It is, what they say "full of Baraka" , or life force. The act of henna painting is likewise thought of as a sacred practice and to receive a henna design a blessing . This is the spirit in which the practice has spread throughout the world for thousands of years. Below are typical patterns from Northern Africa.
INDIA - Today, Henna is commercially grown in Rajasthan, India. It is prized for its bright orange-red tint. Most Hindu Brides have a henna party as part of an elaborate week long celebration. When people think of hennaed hands they usually think of the intricate patterns from Indian weddings.