The new master of Mehndi…

mehndi 2

Jacqualyn’s drawings…

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…

More lovely designs...

More lovely designs…

The peacock is a very popular motif...

The peacock is a very popular motif…