The Origins of Mehendi Designs

Mehendi Designs also called Henna designs are the paste which is bought in the tube in a cone shape and it is used to make women and men designs. It is the word that comes from Mendhika, a Sankrit word. The use of turmeric and Mehendi has been described in the early Hindu Vedic ritual book. It is used on the palms of women but it was rare to find men wearing it. However, as the time passes, many men have started to wear it. The use of Mehendi is a vedic custom which is intended as a representation of inner and outer sun. A vedic custom is based in the awakening inner light and the traditional designs are the representation of the palm or the sun. Mehendi Designs are found in different categories such as Pakistani, Indian and Arabic. Women use all these variations of henna on their feet or hands.

Origins of Mehendi Designs

Mehendi Designs are important for special events

Mehendi is the local variant of the henna designs and it is commonly used for the festive occasions like traditional ceremonies, religious events and weddings. For more than thousands years, the henna had been used as a symbol of sensuality, health and good luck in the Arab World. This plant is known to offer positive vibes and it offers the link to the bad and good spirits. For generation, women used the paste which is made in the dried grounded henna leaves in order to cover the feet and the hands in simple or intricate geometric patterns that wades off the evil while promoting the fertility and attracting more good energy.

It is not clear when the henna had started to be used

Even if it is not clear about the origins of using the henna like a dying agent, there is the evidence that henna applications were done with Egyptian mummies since the nails and hair were stained by the use of reddish brown tones of the henna. The botanists believe that the henna plant was found in Egypt and it had been carried in India where it was used from 700 AD to decorate the feet and hands. In the history, the henna was used because of the medicinal purpose and to dye leather and cloth or the manes of the horses or other fur of the animals.

Found mostly in Arab and India worlds, application of henna and Mehendi is a temporary for of the skin decoration which popularized in entertainment and cinema for the people of Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal. Mehendi in the India tradition had been used in the Hindu festivals and Hindu weddings. Women may have the henna applied on the feet and hands and at the back of the shoulders.

The henna paste may be applied at the skin by the use of the paint brush and plastic cones, with a small metal tipped in the jacquard.