The ethnographic film Painted Bride follows a Pakistani henna artist in New York as she practices her art – temporary plant-based body painting – in the context of fellow immigrants’ wedding celebrations. Check out the video when you get a chance; it’s vibrant as well as informative! And see this older post by me for information on women’s dress in a similar cultural context (India).
Jeana Jorgensen, PhD recently completed her doctoral degree in folklore and gender studies at Indiana University. She studies fairy tales and other narratives, dance, body art, feminist theory, digital humanities, and gender identity.
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