The history of mehndi

The History of Mehndi

For thousands of years Indian and Moroccan painted their bodies with an unusual pattern, which is called mehndi! What is the art and where did this interesting tradition came from? Let's find out!

For centuries  girls want to be beautiful, and come up with different ways. In Eastern countries with hot and arid climate, unusual shrub Lawsonia, the leaves of which are dye called henna. With henna they were applied to their body in various patterns and designs.

Over time, this ritual became an integral part of both Muslim and Buddhist religion. And it is because of religious and national differences appeared dissimilar to other styles of mehndi. Each nation was drawing mehndi on their own.For example, in Arab countries it was forbidden to paint people and animals, so in Arabic mehndi we can see only floral or geometric patterns.

The Buddhists also have a tradition to draw images of Indian elephant, birds, as well as people or deities. However, in Eastern countries, henna painting -  is rather a tradition that is only part of the life of any Oriental girls or women. No drawings was  made with ready-made templates.


As art, mehndi successfully developed in European countries and America, where where we can find artists with unique style. They began to come up with individual designs for mehndi on the basis of traditional, composition of drawings display a thin and delicate henna patterns. Because of this, mehndi is developing successfully, while remaining unusual and fascinating decoration.


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