Henna Art, also known as Mendhi, is said to be originated as far as from ancient Egypt. Every culture and religion has different ways of incorporating Henna art in their tradition exclusively.
In Henna Art, the designs are drawn on a person’s body using a coloring agent derived from the leaves of Henna plant. The leaves are dried and turned into powdered form before it is mashed into a paste.
#The Process of Applying Henna Art
There are diverse ways of applying Henna Art, depending on the culture, religion, and technique of the artist. Some artists use a plastic cone, a paintbrush, or a stick as the drawing tool. After the drawing, the paste should be left on the skin for 4 to 6 hours.
After that, the paste will dry up and crack. After the removal of the paste, a pale to the dark orange color pattern will reveal itself on the skin. Don’t worry, the patterns will darken through oxidation over time in a few days to a deep reddish-brown color and will last around 2 to 3 weeks based on the quality of the Henna paste.
To extend the lifetime of the design, try to moisturize the skin with olive oils and coconut oils. Avoid exfoliating scrubs to the area as it will remove the dead skin causing the stain to fade.
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#Symbols and Meanings of Designs
Henna arts can be drawn in any part of the body although it is usually drawn on to the palms and feet.
Don’t be surprised that it can be drawn on the scalps too! It is known as “Henna Crown” for those who lost their hair during chemotherapy and it could be meaningful and empowered them to continue their journey in fighting cancer.
Some of the favorite colors for Henna Arts are white, red, black, and gold.
Traditionally, Henna art is a must in Hindu Weddings and festivals. Henna arts bring beauty, joy, and happiness in Hindu weddings, blessing the couple with a long-lasting and lovely marriage.
Some couple chooses to draw their love story using symbols and patterns in their big day. Henna arts drawn on the palm indicated blessings while drawn on top of the hands are symbolic of protection. Some Indians prefer to draw on their feet as it is a spiritual place according to their tradition.
If you are looking forward to getting a henna art today, there are different illustrations and patterns available in the market depending on the country where you are getting the Henna art.
For example, Indian cultures have more fine lines and floral decorations, Arabic Henna art usually have larger patterns and African Henna arts feature bold and geometric designs. Check out some of the prominent designs for Henna Arts with their meanings:
Sahasrara: It is a lotus with hundred of petals arranged in many layers, which represents purity and unity.
Peacock: As the most beautiful and colorful bird in the world, the peacock represents beauty and prosperity.
Dragonflies and butterflies: The little insects represent transformation, rebirth, and new beginnings.
Paisley designs: The versatile design symbolizes luck with fertility. It has evolved and has now become a universal symbol in Indian fashion.
Floral Designs: Pretty flowers represent beauty, happiness, joy, and new beginnings while vines and leaves represent strength and longevity.
Henna art has been popularized as a tourist attraction in some countries where Henna art is part of their culture, such as India, and Morocco. We can bring the art home as a form of souvenir which will stick to us for a few weeks.
Besides, if you are looking for a contemporary design or a simple design for a more personal, sophisticated look, try to do Henna art on yourself and customize to your own liking!