Asia Grace

Henna-dye on woman's hand

Sitting on a bus, Pakistan

The art of painting hands and feet with henna dye is widespread in the mid-east and south Asia. Henna patterns, which fade slowly, are a temporary tattoo; many of the patterns are similar to idigenous tattoos. It is primarily a women's art. Because women are more secluded in Pakistan and Iran, the chances of seeing it are infrequent. I was able to view this woman's hands while sitting across from her in a third-class carriage on a train. I love her matching rings.

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