For enthusiasts and even for just plain curious onlookers alike, mehndi designs can be quite an interesting topic in the world of tattoos. We see tattoo designs on a regular basis but mehndi designs aren’t like the typical tattoos that you get to see all the time. These designs are achieved through using henna, a plant that is used to produce paste that tints the skin. Considering that mehndi is rooted from tradition, these designs are usually intricate in nature and will always be timeless and are used to symbolize something significant for its bearer. Mehndi designs have been around for centuries and have originated in the Middle East. It was around the 12th century when Arabic muslims introduced henna and mehndi to India. Mehndi is a widely popular art form in many countries found around the region. There are Indian, African, Sudanese and even Pakistani tattoo designs for mehndi. One of the more popular designs for this art of henna tattoo would be forms of Arabic mehndi design.
The term Henna has its origins from the Arabic term Al-Hinna. Different parts of the plant are crushed and ground into powder. The preparation of the dye continues by mixing the powder with hot water. Henna also serves as a cooling agent especially considering that it originally is from regions with warmer climates. Typically, mehndi designs come in geometrical and floral patterns and are applied on different parts of the body. Mehndi designs come in a variety of forms, depending on the region in question. These designs are used to represent a certain aspect of culture such as wisdom, good health and enlightenment. In addition, mehndi designs are also commonly associated with special occasions. Such festivities include weddings, circumcisions and other religious ceremonies. If what you are looking for is an Arabic mehndi design, then you can usually distinguish it with its large floral patterns. Compared to other mehndi designs, Arabic designs are much less complicated. For instance, Indian mehndi designs are consisted of more intricate patterns and cover a larger portion of the hands, feet, shins and forearms. Moreover, as a tradition, women have their hands and feet decorated with mehndi designs for their wedding ceremonies. The same may also be the case for men but the designs laid on them aren’t as complex compared to that of the bride?s. In applying these designs, the bride?s friends who also happen to be women usually assist one another to decorate the bride?s hands and feet for the occasion. For the tattoo to last longer, the paste is usually kept on the skin for several hours. The dye on the skin only stains the outer layer and typically wouldn’t cause any harm to the bearer. The paste appears to be black but the tattoo that it leaves on the skin usually ends up having a reddish or brownish tinge. To achieve a darker stain, some additional ingredients may be added to the paste but this may cause skin irritation. The tattoo usually lasts for several weeks on the skin. The stain resulting from it is natural and doesn’t easily wear off when rinsed or rubbed off with water.
It is no wonder how mehndi designs have gained recognition and has reached more parts of the globe. From the Middle East, it has found its way to the West. Aside from being attractive and appealing, they are representative of something deeper which make them distinct from other tattoo designs. Even though they might be used primarily for aesthetics to some at present, the interesting history and tradition of mehndi won?t be separated from this art form.