Last year I took my 12-year-old niece to a jewellery store in Mamallapuram as she desperately wanted some toe rings. We keenly perused the divine silver toe rings on display. After a while the Indian owner said to me…”Why are you marrying your … Continue reading
A couple of days ago my creative friend Jacqualyn came over for a mehndi party. I had some of my nieces staying for Christmas and we all had our hands decorated with henna. The designs were beautiful and we were … Continue reading
My gorgeous friend Jacqualyn is learning how to do mehndi hand decorating. Mehndi is extremely popular in India and is used in ceremonies such as weddings and Deepavali.
Mehndi uses a henna paste made from the flowering henna plant. The dye is very popular for colouring hair, skin and material. The paste is applied to the body using a small cone. The finer the opening on the cone the finer the mehndi work. It is most commonly used to decorate the hands and feet. Once the design is finished it is left to dry. This takes about twenty minutes. The dry raised paste is then left as long as you like ~ the longer you leave it the darker it will be. When the paste is first removed the design will be lighter and as the day wears on it will become darker due to the exposure to oxygen.
Jacqualyn’s designs are very beautiful and intricate and are based on traditional Indian motifs. I can’t wait for her first mehndi party…