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SUTRA global imports brings the beauty of handmade South Asia to the Midwest in a curated fairtrade collection  artfully staged in a renovated century barn in Dakota, Minnesota and through online sales. We also host workshops and talks in our space and Kim Hammer leads tours to India and Bali.

The Art of Henna


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The Art of Henna

Making the paste:  recipes and mixology!

Making the paste:  recipes and mixology!

Meet up with skilled henna artist and world traveler Anna Ostendorf for a fun-filled evening of henna, from start to finish!  Learn how to make your own paste and create this beautiful (temporary) skin art. Anna will share her knowledge from several years of henna art-making practice. Each participant will take away a tube of henna paste, a recipe & instruction sheet, and a sheet of sample designs. (Ages 12 and up.)  No experience is necessary. 

Henna, freshly applied

Henna, freshly applied

You will leave with a tube of henna paste, sheets of patterns/designs and an understanding of making your own paste. Anna will be offering henna at Sutra Global Imports all day July 22, 10am-4pm.

Anna traveled to India with Kim Hammer in 2015, where they walked along the Ganges, fed the street dogs and studied yoga in Rishikesh. 

Anna Ostendorf

About me! I am a wanderer, a dreamer, an animal lover, and an artist. I am the Director of ArtReach, a nonprofit art center in Red Wing, MN, and a frequent traveler and explorer of my world. I hold a BA degree from the University of Minnesota in Religious Studies with a minor in Cultural Anthropology. I am fascinated by the ways in which people express themselves and their beliefs through art. I also just really love seeing new places and perspectives. I have always been involved in making art (and messes!) from as far back as I can remember and I have dabbled in a wide variety of art media.


I had doodled mehndi-style designs before I really knew what henna or mehndi was but in 2010 my friend Linda gave me some henna paste and encouraged me to try it myself. Linda taught me her favorite recipe and shared designs and techniques with me. Since that time I have worked with other henna artists and drawn designs all over myself and my children to develop my skills further. I enjoy the challenges presented by using a monochromatic staining paste as an art medium, the long history of mehndi, the zen of impermanent art, and the act of decorating the human body.

Earlier Event: July 15
Block Printing Workshop
Later Event: July 22
Henna Day at SUTRA!