The Manaia is a mythological, protective creature of New Zealand, which is where this beautiful mama is from. I love learning about these unique creatures - this one is a messenger between the spiritual and earthly realms - a guardian against evil. Perfect for blessing this pregnancy!
Henna reacts differently to different skin types - some women's henna comes out a lot lighter than others. I went over this design again to show the beautiful detail of the Manaia.