Mehndi on Events

Mehndi on Events (History)

Mehendi designs have traditionally fallen into four different styles.

The Middle Eastern style is mostly made up of floral patterns similar to the Arabic textiles, paintings and carvings and do not usually follow a pattern destinctive.

Finally, the Indonesian and Southern Asian styles were a mix of Middle Eastern and Indian designs using blocks of color on the tips of their toes and fingers.

All of these styles remain popular today but are also combined in popularity by Celtic designs and Chinese symbols.

The point once again to have fun with designs and experiment with them until you have something you feel really passionate about.

The North African style generally follows the shape of the hands and feet using geometrical floral patterns.

The Indian and Pakistani designs include more than just the feet and hands and generally further from the Appendices to the illusion of gloves and stockings, which are composed of lines, paisley patterns and teardrops.

The henna used for Mehendi comes from a shrub called Lawsonia inermis which is part of the single family and a growing struggle in Sudan, Egypt, India, the largest part of the North African countries, the Middle East and other hot and dry places. The bush is also grown in Florida and California for his ornamental appearance and often grows to very large, ranging from six to twenty feet in some cases.

The lance-shaped leaves of the bush are harvested, dried and ground to the henna powder. Henna is used for hair dyes, such as a skin conditioner and as a reliever for skin rash. The art of mehendi is referred to as henna or mehendi depending on where you are and whatever name you feel came first. Whatever you call it - the art remains essentially the same as it was centuries ago. It is beautiful the way it stains the skin!

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