Henna Mehndi

A Brief History

Known in Indian as Mehndi, otherwise known as Henna in Arabic, is a form of body art dating back over 5000 years originating from South Asia, the Middle East and Africa with “some of the earliest records of henna come from Egypt and traces have been found on the mummified bodies of Cleopatra and King Ramses II“. The practice of applying henna can not only be used for body art, but also as relief from the intense heat of of the countries where henna originates from.

Photo by: Subhankar Barai Photography (www.subhankarbarai.com)Mehndi for an Indian wedding

Contemporary decorative henna is closely linked with with traditional celebrations. Additionally, the designs of the body art vary due to both culture and geographic regions. For example, mehndi consists of fine lines of lacy, floral, paisley patterns. Whereas,  henna is often associated with bold lines and geometric designs.

A significant traditional use of Mehndi…

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