Monday, March 3, 2008

Fancy designs in mehndi

The art of decorating hands and feet with henna has been in vogue for the past 5,000 years and even though the designs fade the art has withstood the impact of change.

Now it is not just hands and feet that are adorned, but also arms , neck, back and navel.

Three main traditions can be recognised aside from the modern use of henna as a trendy temporary tattoo. Generally Arabic (Middle-Eastern) mehndi features large, floral patterns on hands and feet , while Indian mehndi uses fine lines, lacy, floral patterns . Apart from these there is the African mehndi art which involves large and bold geometrically-patterned angles. African mehndi patterns usually use black henna whereas Asian and Arabic henna is often reddish brown.

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