Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Fashion Mehndi


What Is Mehndi
MEHNDI is an ancient form of body art that has been practiced in the Middle East, India and parts of Africa for thousands of years. Mehndi is often viewed as a woman's practice though it has indeed been practiced by men. Mehndi is the art of applying designs to the skin through the application of pastes made with henna powder on different parts of the body. Henna was most often applied to the hands and feet.
Henna was first applied as a means to cool down the body. A dot was applied to the palm of the hands and helped to cool the body.
After becoming bored with the look of the single dot on the palm, the early users of henna began to add lines and other shapes. Eventually this elaboration became the beautiful designs we see today.In the different cultures where the practice of Mehndi flourished, different styles and ways of application developed. There are the fine lines of designs of Pakistan and India. There are the more geometric patterns and designs of Morocco. There are the bold geometric shapes and patterns of various parts of Africa created with a method of tape resist. Mehndi patterns are created with the application of paste with gold rods, plastic cones, plastic bottles with tips, syringes, toothpicks and other tools henna artists have developed to get the job done and express themselves through the art of Mehndi.
Evergreen Mehendi Tips
Mehendi is the most essential bridal accessory. Indian customs, traditions and festivals are incomplete without the beautiful and fragrant "Henna" designs and tattoos on a woman's hands.
Prepared and applied right, mehendi will not only add to your bridal look, but will wow the man of your life and the guests.
The Mehendi Trends
No Arabic patterns or westernised concepts for the dazzling dulhan of today; traditional mehendi designs have made a rocking comeback.
Talented celeb mehendi artist Veena Nagda, who has literally coloured the hands of Karisma Kapoor, Twinkle Khanna, Rani Mukerjee and Priyanka Chopra, believes that anything funky in mehendi designs is in.
Veena says, "The traditional Indian designs, which involve a lot of fine work, are back. The floral designs with paisleys and intricate detail are doing the rounds."
Green mehendi with color stones seems to be the latest trend.
For the pre-wedding cocktail parties, designs matching to the color of the outfits is also picking up in popularity, according to Veena.
Usha Shah is another mehendi artist for the Bollywood brigade whose recent mehendi can be seen on Konkona and Rani Mukherjee in Laga Chunri Mein Daag.
Usha says "Arabic mehendi, which was in some years ago, is certainly out whereas roses and lotuses are now in fashion again."

Mehendi Must-knows
Nowadays instant mehendi or chemical mehendi, which doesn't require any time to develop colour, is also available in the market, however, it is not the healthy way to go about it.
The chemicals in instant mehendi can cause skin allergies and other skin reactions.
Another type of harmful mehendi, which is not fortunately out of circulation,is "dye mehendi." It contained ammonia and other ingredients in a commercial dye and was extremely harmful.
Sometimes, nail-polish mehendi, a type of colour safe to be used on skin and is removable later, is used as instant mehendi. Ill effects of these colours are not known, since the concoction of these colours differs depending upon the brand.

A few words on Mehndi ...
The art of mehndi (or mehandi) has been a long-standing tradition stemming from many ancient cultures dating back as far as about 5,000 years, but is most known today for its history in India. Today, it is still used in religious and ritualistic ceremonies in India, but has also gained appreciation in other countries as a beautiful art to be appreciated at any time. So, what exactly is mehndi? Mehndi is a temporary art done on the body with henna. Henna powder is derived from a plant (actually a bush), Lawsonia inermis, commonly found in the Middle East and other areas where the climate is hot and dry. The bush is harvested, dried, and then crushed to make henna powder. Henna itself is used for many things such as hair treatment, heat rash relief, and skin conditioner to name a few. The top leaves of the plant are best for mehndi, while the lower part of the plant is used for the other purposes. Henna paste is what is made to apply henna art designs. Henna powder itself is green in color, but the stain it leaves behind is usually an orange-red color. There are many suppliers now that offer henna in a variety of colors but these are not recommended. Pure henna has had little to no incident of allergic reaction. When colors are added to natural henna, reactions can be mild to severe. Black henna especially has been known to cause serious skin burns as a result of the chemicals added to it to produce the black color effect. Henna is best to be appreciated in its purest form. Most who are familiar with henna have seen the traditional designs. These beautifully intricate patterns are similar to those used for the marriage ceremonies and other rituals. They usually adorn the hands and feet of the wearer, and require that they remain still for many hours to apply the paste and then allow it to dry. Henna color has been known to take best to the hands and feet due to their dry properties which soak up and hold the color better, but henna can be applied anywhere. How well your skin takes to the henna will depend on each individual's skin properties. Today, henna has been done in many forms including more contemporary designs. Some contemplating a permanent tattoo might apply henna first to see if they like the look before making a permanent decision. Some just enjoy having a temporary design they know will wash off in a few weeks. Whatever your reasons might be for being interested in henna, you are delving into a beautiful form of art rich in culture.
First of all I must tell you what is mehndi actually. It is the art or skill to embellish the various body parts like hands, palms and legs etc. with the help of application of henna. This henna is a paste made from the leaves of henna plant. It is available as readymade in the market. So don’t you begin to imagine that you have to go to the tree to make a fine paste of henna

More of you if asked the origin of this mehndi, majority would say that it is India in Punjab or Rajasthan. But now it’s magic has been spread almost all over the world. Especially in India we see the girls, ladies and the grand mas even crazy of the mehndi. Even Amitabh Bacchan is not that popular.
In India it was introduced by the Mughals during the 12th century. Anyways In India although it is becoming a fashion statement day by day yet it is treated as a part of culture of hindu, muslims and Punjabis. Specially for the weddings it is highly popular, in India you won’t find a single wedding in which the bridal’s hands are embellished by the beautifully applied mehndi. It has a genuine reason behind the application of this mehndi, that the bride who is about to leave her family forever and has to start a new life ahead definitely needs some special time to be spent with her friends and family members.Firstly mehndi was used as a medium to keep your hands cool really cool, it was very late when the women started to experiment with the designs of the mehndi. And due to that only it started to gain acceptance in various auspicious occasions like diwali and weddings etc.
The mehndi is applied and left for at least three hours and then when it is rubbed off on drying then the beautiful mehndi is simply irresistible and your heart automatically says even I want to apply the mehndi. Putting mehndi is not very difficult and also now a days readymade cones are available along with the mehndi design books. For best results take care of your mehndi like this :First of all apply the mehndi oil on your place of putting mehndi with the help of cotton.Then keep applying a little amount of lemon drops on the dried portion of mehndi with the help of cotton.Finally when you are about to rub off the mehndi then apply the ‘Mustard oil’ on your mehndi by cotton and rub it off after 15-20 minutes. You can rub off your mehndi by cropping your hands together.So you just read that application of mehndi is not that troublesome. And then you get a beautiful result in return.
There are many styles of applying mehndi like Traditional mehndi design, Arabic mehndi design, Shaded mehndi design, Bridal mehndi design and many more but this is for sure may be any design it enhances the

First of all I must tell you what is mehndi actually. It is the art or skill to embellish the various body parts like hands, palms and legs etc. with the help of application of henna. This henna is a paste made from the leaves of henna plant. It is available as readymade in the market. So don’t you begin to imagine that you have to go to the tree to make a fine paste of henna.

Mehndi party is a social gathering that is held before an Indian / Pakistani marriage ceremony. Mehndi gathering are typically held at the family residence of the bride in the week leading up to the actual wedding ceremony and are attended by friends and relatives who apply Mehndi which is known by Henna also to the bride’s hands, feet and body. It is considered highly favorable to decorate the hands and feet of a bride with Henna / Mehndi and usually the grooms name is written on the palm of the bride’s hand.
Party of Mehndi ceremony is a enjoyable and lively party and there is usually a special banquet prepared specially for the event. Mehndi parties are thrown across all regions of India and Pakistan the style and mode of the celebration often varies across different regions according to their own customs and traditions.
In the past, women only attended Mehndi parties and female relatives and friends of the bride will dance to music and play the dholak. In this day and age, Mehndi parties are no longer considered a private affair and have become plentiful and complicated celebrations that are attended by both men and women.
Noreen is one of us who is enjoying her brother wedding party. She is cute and charming girl, which like music, fun and mazza. Irrespective of age or gender, a party is a enormously popular event and is usually a large celebration which has led to modern parties being held in banquet halls rather than the bride’s family home.

The art of mehndi has existed for centuries. The exact place of its origin is difficult to track because of centuries of people in different cultures moving through the continents and taking their art forms with them and therefore sharing their art with everyone along the way. Some historical evidence suggests that mehndi started in India while others believe it was introduced to India during the twelfth century A.D. I personally feel that it would be hard to argue the fact that it appeared as an art form in Egypt first. Proof has been found that henna (mehndi) was used to stain the fingers and toes of Pharaohs prior to mummification over 5000 years ago when it was also used as a cosmetic and for its healing power. The mummification process took 70 days and as the Egyptians were diligent in planning for their deaths and their rebirth in the afterlife, they became quite obsessed with the preservation process. The Egyptians believed that body art ensured their acceptance into the afterlife and therefore used tattooing and mehndi to please the gods and guarantee a pleasant trip.

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