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i am the artist and founder of belabela…

born to parents of east-indian descent but raised in the west i had a deep desire to know more about the india from which my family came; so, in the fall of 2000 i left my family, friends, and legal career to live, work and travel in india for six months in the hopes of discovering my roots…

while there, my fascination with the art of ‘mehndi’ or henna (a fascination which began when i was a young girl) grew …

i learned how to mix the paste, and then create and apply the designs to the hands and feet of my family and the new friends i made while living in india…

after returning to america, however, my life here left little time for mehndi  until late one night, when i put pen to paper, and drew my first design–a design inspired by my east-indian roots, love for henna, and life experiences growing up in the west…

that design led to the creation and formation of belabela…

i then began to play with words until they fall into place capturing the moments, thoughts, ideas, disappointments, hopes and dreams that we all share…

belabela’s soulful fashion featuring my original, hand-drawn designs and the stories they tell can now be found throughout north america and beyond…

thank you for letting me share my art and stories with you….

with gratitude,

bela