Bridal Mehndi Biography
Source(Google.com.pk)Mehndi is the traditional fashion from last decade in Asia, but now its also become popular in mid 90′s. Its get more popular in west as tattoo.
Mehndi design is also called art through which designers make efforts to create unique and beautiful designs. There are lot of websites, magzines and books from where you can get and learn about the mehndi design art.
Mehndi is very popular in Asia like in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. Girls normally use it in normal life and preffer in any functions like marriage, Eid days or other religious festival like Dewali.
Its more popular in marriages like bride arms, hands and feet normally decorated by mehndi. Other girls who also attending marriage as a guest decorate herself by mehndi
But the women of Thar weren’t the only ones painting their hands—the history of henna is intimately connected to the flow of human movement. Henna likely originated in the Middle East, possibly in Egypt. Archaeological evidence shows mummies dating back 5,000 years with henna-covered toenails. For the Egyptians, henna was part of the ritual preparation for the afterlife—body art supposedly smoothed the journey ahead. According to Catherine Cartwright Jones, henna artist, researcher and manager of the comprehensive Web site, The Henna Page, the Mughals brought henna to India in the 12th Century A.D. It evidently caught on, because by the time the 1600s rolled around, henna-covered hands were commonplace in India.
. Wash the area to be hennaed. Avoid lotions and oils.
. Wax and manicure prior to the henna application.
. Leave the henna paste on for up to seven or eight hours. The color depends on each individual’s body chemistry. Henna darkens from orange to burgundy over a period of 48 hours.
Peel off the dry henna paste with a spoon or spatula. Avoid using water to remove mehndi.
. Apply a mixture of lemon and sugar to the dry area.
And at that time, it was usually the barber’s wife who would apply henna to women. Paintings from the era show most women depicted with henna on their hands and feet. And while the English word “henna” traces back to the Arabic word for the plant “hinna,” most South Asians are more familiar with its synonym: the word mehndi. But those aren’t the only words for the reddish-brown paste: In Kerala, they call it mylanchi; in Konkani
Whenever there is any happy occasion or festivity, the Indian women celebrate it by applying henna designs on their hands and feet. Apart from serving the role of a body art, applying henna is also considered as very auspicious. Heena application is a complex art and the artist needs to be proficient to be able to paint intricate designs swiftly. Also called Mehndi, one can prepare the henna by making a paste out of the henna powder available in the markets across India. Traditionally, it is made by grinding the leaves of the henna tree to a paste.
While using mehendi leaves, it should be ensured that they are not whole and unbroken after grinding. Henna does leave its deep red-brown stain on the skin until the Lawson molecules are not released from the leaf and this happens only when the leaves are properly grinded. So, people prefer using the henna powder for this form of body art. You need to mix henna powder with lemon juice, strong tea or other mildly acidic liquid, apply this paste and leave it on for about 10 hours to dry. Later, you can scrap it off with a blunt knife or a spoon.
Since mehndi is considered lucky, in our country, its application on the hands and feet of a bride is mandatory. Henna artists usually apply the most complex mehndi patterns and designs on the bride as these look the loveliest. The traditional Indian henna has been glammed up lately with the use of glitters and other such things. People wear them to parties and get-togethers. But it's the traditional henna that is widely worn by most people because it is much cheaper and looks much more beautiful.
In our country, henna artists generally belong from the Nai (barber) caste. The history of mehendi tells us that the knowledge or skill of its application is normally passed down from one generation to another. Mehendi application also provides a source of income to many women who are not allowed to work outside. All happy occasions in India, be it birth, weddings or religious ceremonies; include henna application as part of the celebration.