Pregnant bodies are beautiful and should be celebrated. Belly casts are the perfect keepsake from your pregnancy. Plaster strips are applied to your belly, and can also include your shoulders, breasts/chest, hands, arms, and thighs. It is a way to capture a 3D snapshot of the shape of your pregnant body and turn it into art, so you can always have a reminder what it was like while your baby lived inside their first home. Full casts and belly bowls can be decorated to suit your personality, or to match the nursery décor. They can also be used as props in newborn photos, to hold the baby that once grew within.
Since the Bronze Age, many cultures used henna in ceremony and day-to-day to bring blessings into their lives, and attract positive energy. Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, Christians, among many others, would adorn brides and grooms in henna, viewing it as a symbol of good luck and fertility. Today these customs carry on, with mehndi being worn by many brides and grooms, and occasionally members of their wedding party and families. Even favourite livestock and family pets are decorated in henna for certain celebrations.
As a symbol of fertility, belly henna evolved as a way to bless the pregnant belly. Beautiful, intricate designs are applied to celebrate the belly and the life growing inside. Many henna designs have powerful meaning and symbolism behind them to provide confidence in the body, and to inspire a peaceful birth. The process of having the belly hennaed is a way of pampering, to relax and let those around you care for you. It is also applied postpartum, to aid in emotional healing after trauma, to honour the postpartum body and transformation into parenthood, and to celebrate the power of birth.
Using only natural henna powder, lemon juice, sugar, and essential oil, the paste is prepared by our hands. No preservatives or dyes are added. The natural stain takes three to four days to reach peak darkness before gradually fading as the body naturally exfoliates, lasting up to two weeks.