26 Mar

Mehndi Designs : Henna Tattoos – Mehndi Pattern Designs

Henna as it is called in Moslem countries or Mehendi as it is known in India is named in Latin as Lawsonia inermis. This is a plant extensively grown and used in UAE, Africa and India generally for cosmetic purposes as it is considered highly auspicious. Henna is also used as a medicinal plant by Unani and ayurvedic doctors with excellent results.

Henna As A Temporary Body Tattoo

Mention of henna use can be found as long ago as 1600 BC as it was found that there was a custom among Egyptians to have the Pharaoh’s hands and hair dyed with henna before mummification. In India and many Arabic countries henna is applied as a body tattoo on the palms and forearm as well as the feet on the occasion of wedding and many other auspicious celebrations such as birthdays, celebration of the completion of the seventh month of pregnancy, etc.

The Mehendi Pattern Designs

There are many ways to create mehendi patterns. Some apply it in bulk creating a big round on the palms and feet. Additionally each finger is coated upto the first bend including the nail with henna. This is mostly seen with the dancers of Indian traditional dances such as Kathak, Oddissi, Kathakali, etc.

Nowadays, young people use henna as a body tattoo on other parts of the body – just as a regular tattoo sometimes mixing temporary dyes. You would find such tattoos most common around beaches, parties and other similar occasions. These tattoos like the ones applied on the hands and legs would be visible for about two weeks.

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