Mehndi: The Traditional Art of Henna Design Application for Indian Weddings
Mehndi is the use of henna paste in a plastic cone-shaped tube to create elaborate designs to the hands and feet. The term Mehndi comes from Mehndika which is a Sanskrit word. This is part of the Hindu Vedic custom. Mehndi is actually an art form that has originated from ancient India. It is the art of applying designs to both men’s and women’s hands as part of their wedding traditions. The brides are the ones who usually have the Mehndi, but sometimes the grooms would also have the designs.
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The traditional Indian designs are based on the belief of the “awakening of the inner light”; in the Indian custom, the designs are the representations of the sun when applied on the palms of the hands. The Mehndi designs come in various forms and is categorized into:
- The Arabic Mehndi Designs
- The Indian Mehndi Designs
- The Pakistani Mehndi Designs
With the modernization of time and because of the lack of expert Indian Traditional Mehndi artists, premixed and readymade henna cones have been made available to make best Mehndi designs for hands tattoos convenient and easy to apply.
Here are points to ponder when applying henna designs on the skin:
- Today henna cones have been commercially prepared and come with chemicals. So if you have any history of allergies or if the skin is sensitive, it would be advisable to put a little amount of the henna on the palm of the hand and let it stay there for a few hours and if there is no reaction, then you can continue creating the design. However, if the area where the henna is tested develops redness, itchiness and has a burning sensation then it would not be a good idea to continue doing the design.
- Always check for the expiration date of commercially prepared henna because this may also cause adverse effects on the skin if applied.
- Never apply henna to the area of the body where waxing has just been done because the skin pores are still open. You should wait for 1 to 2 days before applying the henna designs because the entry of the chemicals from the henna mixture may damage or irritate the skin.
- The color of the Mehndi design would also depend on the location where it is applied; the color would have a darker tone from dark brown to black when applied on the palm of the hands while the tone would be a lot lighter on the other side of the hands and the arms. Henna reaches its maximum tone 1 to 2 days after the application. The color will change from being dark and after a few days, it becomes lighter until it is completely gone.
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