Mehndi is a form of body art from Ancient India, in which decorative design are created on a person’s body, using a paste, created from the powdered dry leaves of Henna plant. Mehndi is a popular form of body art among the women of the Indian Subcontinent and the Middle East.
There are many variations and types in mehndi designs which are categorized, such as Indian Mehndi Designs, Pakistani Mehndi Designs and Arabic Mehndi Designs. Women usually apply variations of mehndi design patterns on their hands and feet. Mehndi decorations became fashionable in the West in late 1990s, where they are called Henna Tattoos.
In the modern age due to limited supply of Indian Traditional Mehndi Artists, people usually buy ready-made Henna cones, which are ready to use and make painting easy.
Traditional Hindu or Sikh weddings in India can often be long, ritualistic and elaborate affairs with many pre-wedding, wedding and post wedding ceremonies. According to Hindu tradition, the ceremony is mainly held at the bride’s house on the eve of the marriage ceremony or few days before the marriage. On the occasion a professional mehndi artist or a relative applies mehndi to the bride’s hands and feet. The designs are very intricate.
In Pakistan, the Mehndi is often one of the most important pre-wedding ceremonies, which is celebrated mainly by the bride’s family.