We have been investigating Mendhi patterns.
At festivals and weddings, Muslim women and girls decorate their hands with patterns called Mendhi.
Mendhi is the name for the orange-brown dye which is used to make the patterns. It is made from henna, tamarind, tea and water, mixed to a paste. (Henna, tamarind and tea are all plants.)
We decided to have a go at making our own designs. If you would like to have a go yourselves, this it what to do:
First of all trace around a hand (a bit tickly, this, so make sure that you don't move or you might end up with too many fingers!)
Next, trace around the shape with a black marker.
Now, divide the hand up using three or four black wavy or whirly lines.....
and then fill in each of the spaces that you have made with a different fine, delicate, repeating pattern.
And there you have it.....
Mehndi, Class 2i-style!