Presentation on theme: "A “Handful” of Mehndi 1. Mehndi is the traditional art of Henna painting in India and the Middle-East. This body paint is used for festive occasions,"— Presentation transcript:
Mehndi is the traditional art of Henna painting in India and the Middle-East. This body paint is used for festive occasions, and has been used in India since the 12 th century. It is traditionally used on women’s hands and feet. For the most special of occasions, men get it as well. 2
4 In Indian weddings the bride, groom, and several members of the bridal party receive Mehndi designs. The Henna symbolizes love between the husband and wife. The groom’s name is usually hidden in the bride’s Mehndi. If he cannot find his name, it is said that the bride will have control over the relationship. If the Mehndi is dark, it is said that the relationship will be strong and long-lasting.
7 Henna means “to become queen”. Henna leaves are dried and finely ground and the power is sifted through fine cloth. It is then mixed with oil and other liquids to make a thick paste. The paste is then applied to the hand in various designs. A solution of lemon juice and sugar is applied to the drying Mehndi to allow it to remain semi-permanent.
10 Mehndi takes 2-12 hours to dry. Once it is dry, the paste is removed to reveal the design. A Mehndi design is similar to a tattoo, but only lasts 1 to 3 weeks. When it is wet, the dye is a deep green. Once it is dry, it varies from light orange to deep brownish-black.