Elyse Sadtler is an Internationally Certified Natural Henna Artist based in Northwest Connecticut.
After being introduced to henna by an Indian friend, she became passionate about this ancient art form. As a self-taught professional, she enjoys experimenting with various design elements from intricate Indian patterns to geometric Moroccan motifs.
A state certified educator by trade, Elyse puts her love of teaching to use by offering workshops and classes to teach others about this beautiful form of body art. Henna allows for endless creative expression, and she enjoys sharing it with others!
When not teaching or doing henna, you'll find Elyse spending time outside with her husband and dog, reading, and writing for a local newspaper.
So what is it? Henna, a term derived from Arabic, is many things—a plant, an art form and an ancient tradition.
Henna, the plant, grows in hot, arid regions of the world like northern Africa, the Middle East and parts of India and Pakistan. The best henna comes from the Indian state of Rajasthan, and this is what Elyse uses on all of her clients.
Harvested twice each year, the leaves of the henna plant are dried and ground into a fine powder. Elyse mixes this powder with water, essential oils and sugar to make a paste for drawing designs on skin.
Also known as mehndi, henna as an art form and ancient tradition has been in existence for thousands of years. Used by many cultures and peoples of all major religions, henna as a practice transcends time, place, language and beliefs.
The ancient Egyptians dyed their hair with henna and buried their pharaohs with it. Jewish peoples throughout north Africa and the Middle East used henna in religious ceremonies. The Moors of Medieval Spain used henna for body art, and paintings from the time depict people and saints with hennaed hands.