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Henna: An Art or A Dye?

Recently someone who visited our Etsy store, showed surprise on our store’s description that which describes henna as an art form which is centuries old. Frankly, I was surprised at her! But it got me thinking that different people look at henna in so many different ways and to understand this better, let’s understand what comprises a dye and what is art.
The dictionary definition for dye is “a coloring material or matter. Or a liquid containing coloring matter, for imparting a particular hue to cloth, paper, etc. Or color or hue, esp. as produced by dyeing.” (Source : www.dictionary.com). If you look at henna’s natural properties, that is true. Henna leaves a color on your skin, hair, fabric or paper. By that definition, henna surely is a dye.
Now let’s look at art which the site has defined as “the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.” Henna has been used in the past and …