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Monday, September 13, 2010

Designer Jumana Bootwala Speaks on Mehndi at SU September 17

SALISBURY, MD---It’s a college party of a different kind.

Salisbury University’s “India and the Sub-Continent” fall cultural events series continues with a henna/mehndi party from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 3-7 p.m. Friday, September 17, in the Great Hall of Holloway Hall.

Philadelphia-based henna designer Jumana Bootwala speaks on the history of mehndi—the ancient art of painting designs on the body with henna paste—which is an integral part of wedding rituals around the world, including India.

There is a belief that the darker color of the henna design on the bride’s hands, the more she is loved by her in-laws. In reality, the darkness of the design depends on how long the henna paste is left to dry.

Mehndi—better known in the United States as “henna tattoos”—will be available during the event. All mehndi is temporary, lasting up to two weeks.

Sponsored by the Office of Cultural Affairs, admission is free and the public is invited. For more information call 410-543-6271 or visit the SU Web site at

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