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About the Mahendi (Henna)

What is a Mahendi?
Mahendi is the application of Henna as a temporary form of skin decoration Mahendi decorations became fashionable in the West in the late 1990s,where they are sometimes called henna tattoos. Henna is typically applied during special occasions like weddings and festivals.It is usually drawn on the palms and feet.Henna was used as a form of decoration mainly for brides.

Henna paste is usually applied on the skin using a plastic cone.The painted area is then wrapped with tissue, plastic, or medical tape to lock Min body heat, creating a more intense color on the skin.The wrap is worn overnight and then removed. The final color is reddish brown and can last anywhere from two weeks to several months depending on the type of the paste.

Intricate patterns of mahendi are typically applied to brides before wedding ceremonies. The bridegroom is also painted in some parts of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sudan. In Rajasthan(north-west India), the grooms are given designs that are often as elaborate as those for brides. In Arabic speaking countries countries such as Morocco, and some other countries in central Asia,it is done for any special occasion. It is done during the seventh month of pregnancy, after having the baby, weddings,engagements, family get-togethers, diwali, as well as on other occasions.

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