The Mehandi: A Millennial Arts

The Mehandi , Mehendi or just mehndi , is the art of body decoration using henna. According to tradition, it is said that began around 3000 BC, however, we have no good evidence that this is its age and nor in what part of Asia or Africa began to be used. It is said that the first place where they began to decorate the skin with henna was in Egypt and from there he went to India, but do think this is likely? The distance between the two countries is huge. There are many popular mehandi designs but Eid mehndi designs are most popular among them.

To get an idea, the distance between Egypt and India is twice that between Egypt and Spain. Chances are that the expansion of mehandi occurred otherwise, whose history is yet to be discovered. Its tradition: The mehndi has been traditionally used to decorate the hands (usually the palms of these) and feet of brides in countries India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Morocco … some very elaborate brides few hours before the wedding in what is called “the night of henna” designs they are made. In countries like Turkey, tonight is called kyna Gecesi.


It is that her friends and family (women) of the bride go home this all together and celebrate this feast. Henna is dried and turned into powder in a small pot metal, usually copper or silver. A bride puts a red veil over his head and into the center of the room, singing popular hymns dealing with henna .

Preparing dough to use and women start decorarle hands and feet. This is the festival as celebrated almost everywhere, but keep in mind that depending on the country, changes are made to the customs. For example, in some parts of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sudan, the bridegroom also makes designs with mehndi and Rajasthan, which lies northwest of India, the designs are as elaborate as those of the brides. how to use: henna, usually applied on dry skin using a kind of brush or plastic cone, but sometimes even used a small metal tip, which is very accurate. Then the paint is wrapped with a cloth or a cloth to fix the dye and get the design color is much more intense. In the photo below you can see how they apply the henna with plastic cone:

It must be covered between three and six hours, but sometimes they have even overnight. You will see that at first, the tattoo will have a pale orange, but after about 48 hours and is the final color, which is like a reddish brown. The reason why darkens the henna is a simple process of oxidation. The first image that you find yourself below is an example of how it looks at first mehndi (may be even lighter ones), and the second photo is an example of color remaining after the oxidation process:

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