Simple Arabic Mehandi Designs 

It is said that while Mehandi originated in India some 5000 years ago, the tradition of painting Henna on the hands of women has always been popular throughout the region with women of neighbouring countries such as Pakistan, Iran and the wider Arabic world painting ornate designs on their hands. Similar to the Indian practice, in the Arabic world Mehandi is usually applied during weddings and at other times where women take part in celebrations such as the muslim festival of Eid. Each local variation of Mehandi has its own unique and special style and the patterns used in the Arabic style of Mehandi are indeed one in a kind. ! !
Arabic Mehandi is a more minimalist style than the Mehandi designs used in traditional Indian culture which often cover the whole hand. You can see that the designs are more intricate and feature darker hennas than usual. Because of this it is possible for the artists to apply ornate patterns including flowers and vines and dots which complement the clothes and jewellery of the lady wearing the design. Arabic Mehandi usually uses black or dark brown colours as opposed to the reds used in Indian Mehandi. This allows for bold designs which can create striking imagery that only adds to the allure of the lady with this style of Mehandi painted on her hand. ! !
Whilst Arabic Mehandi designs are suitable for all occasions, they are most in demand at weddings where the bride will often choose a feminine design such as flowers or leaves which add to the mystery and romance of the occasion. Other female wedding guests will have more subtle designs applied in a similar style which will complement rather than aim to outdo the brides choice of Mehandi. A prominent dark Mehandi design is said to bring good luck to the newly married couple and is also a symbol of longevity in a marriage so it is no wonder that it is a common custom to apply Mehandi to the bride’s hands at weddings throughout the Arabic world. ! !
Aside from weddings there is a new fashion trend of younger women having more discreet Mehandi applied to their hands and feet and it is not uncommon to see designs featuring diamonds, seashells or dragon-like features which allow the wearer to express their own style and creativity through their choice of Mehandi. These modern designs can often be glimpsed on the hands of fashionable women and celebrities through the middle east. ! !
Another new trend is for teenage girls to have Mehandi birthday parties where they hire an artist to come over to their party and paint the hands of all the guests. Arabic Mehandi is a perfect choice for this activity as it usually involves the use of only a single colour of henna and can be applied quite quickly to just one part of the hand. Because of their simplicity, girls often even try out
painting these designs on each other’s hands to add to the enjoyment of the occasion. ! !