SIGNIFICANCE OF MEHNDI IN SOUTH ASIAN COUNTRIES
Mehndi has great significance in different south Asian countries. It is a temporary form of skin decoration traditionally drawn in different patterns and designs by women living in different areas on different occasions especially for big celebrations like weeding, Eid.
Although it has been used for hair dye. It is an art which has been a part of fashion and never ends as we know that fashion changes every day but fashion of mehndi never goes out of style. It has become an important part on happy moments so no one can actually ignore its importance. No matter what the age of woman or what occasion is being celebrated.
COLORS: It is available in different colors. Pure and natural form of Henna does not gives a variety of different colors but only provides different shades of reds, oranges and browns. It leaves a chocolate brown or deep mahogany red stain on the hands and feet. It usually takes many hours for good stains of Henna on skin and is very safe.
There are very rare cases of allergy and irritation on skin. If we talk about fast black stains of Henna boosted with phenylenediamine (PPD for short) can cause a great health damage. Black Henna is a misnomer coming from imports of plants-based hair dyes into the West in the late 19th century. This gave rise to a thing that there is such a thing called black Henna which can turn skin into black color.
It do not have a single correct use. If we see its history we will came to know that it includes medical properties being an ingredient in different perfumes and hair dye. Although it has become most recognized for any artwork created on hands of bride before weeding and while celebrating Eid. These mehndi designs differ from each other due to the different artists who made them. Mehndi flowers produce perfumes and the Egyptians are believed to have made oil and ointments from them for increasing the suppleness of limbs.
Persian designs of Mehndi includes flowing shapes and patterns, Indian designs are intricately detailed, Middle Eastern designs are cascading designs with flowery patterns, Bedouin styles often include larger block of different color.
The art form is now practiced globally and this gives new cultures an opportunity to discover this connection, as well as an option to contribute new styles and traditions.