Have your hands decorated with henna

As part of Te Papa’s celebration of Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, you can have your hands decorated with beautiful temporary henna designs, applied by two henna beauty specialists.

  • When Sat 22 Oct 2016, 11:00am–12:00pm
  • Where
    Te Papa Foyer, Level 2
  • Cost Free event

Henna, or Mehndi, is an ornate traditional form of body art practiced in many different parts of the world, including India, South East Asia, and the Middle East.

Get your hands painted with henna at Te Papa. Using a 100% natural paste made from the ground leaves of the henna shrub, our two henna beauty specialists will draw a simple pattern of your choice onto your skin. The henna stain will last a couple of days.

No booking required. Watch a mesmerising Gond artist while you wait for your turn.


Tue 18, Thur 20, Sat 22 Oct
11.00am–12.00 noon

Henna body art


Henna body art, 2016. Photograph by and courtesy of Sheetal Mistry