Are you familiar with Mehendi designs? If you are not of an Asian origin, you probably do not know these designs even if you might have seen them on a woman’s skin. They can be described as a form of body art practiced mostly by Asian people. Mehendi or lawsonia inermis is a shrub plant that produces what is commonly known as henna. Most of us are familiar with henna that is used for decorating nails.
Harvesting Mehendi at home
In rural places that do Mehendi designs, leaves are picked up and ground between stones and soil. In the city, dwellers who intend to make natural henna dry their leaves first. Then they grind them to form powder which is mixed with water to form a paste. Most people believe that keeping their paste for four to six hours or throughout the night could darken its color quickly. Both rural and urban method of making natural Mehendi at home does work. When the paste turns dark chocolate, from a rusty red color, it is a sign that the paste is ready for use in body decorations. Natural henna does not affect your skin in a negative manner. Except for the chilling sensation when henna is being applied, your skin does not suffer pain or discomfort.
Which body parts are decorated?
It depends on which part of Asia one resides in. Generally, though, Mehandi designs are drawn on the palms, back of the hands, shoulders or feet. Designs are basically added to areas with lighter skin tone to create a lovely background. There are people who use their Mehendi paste to color their hair as well. It can act as a hair dye that is normally used to create a trendier hair style.
Mehendi in Hindu festivals
The most famous use for henna is Hindu festivals. A bride’s beautification process is not complete without some beautiful henna designs on her sexy hands and feet. Girls and adult ladies also draw mehendi designs during other popular Hindu events. Conventional Indian designs are absolutely unique. They are said to symbolize the sun when drawn on the palm. Normally, Indian designs include circular motifs and flower leaves. When natural henna is not available it is bought from the market. It comes in a cone-shaped tube.
Asians who do Mehendi art
India is the known traditional source of this body art that uses henna paste. Today, however, mehendi designers have cropped up in most Arabic countries including Pakistan. Even if there are many designers in Arab countries, there is always a tiny detail that separates their mehendi designs from Hindus’. Arab designers draw big flowery motifs on the hand, but not the whole of it, unlike Indians. Their floral motifs are tinier, clearer and finest of all. These Indian motifs cover the entire hand. It is not uncommon to find a peacock or an elephant motif in Indian Mehendi art.