Kids Mehndi BiographySource(Google.com.pk)
Mehndi is one thing that all Indian women adore not just because it is so intricately entwined in our culture but because of how beautiful the mehandi design looks once it is finished.
Mehndi is actually a kind of a natural dye made from the leaves and stem of the Henna tree. It is being used now as a natural dyeing agent and the art of mehndi has now spread all over the world. In western countries, mehndi is being used as a temporary tattoo too. Black mehndi especially has gained a great deal of popularity in the temporary tattoo industry.
We are usually quite accustomed to seeing lavish and intricate designs using mehndi during weddings but there are also some very simple mehendi designs that can be done on any occasion and that look equally beautiful too. These designs require very less time and are usually short and sweet ones that add a hint of colour to the hands but do not clutter or fill up the hands too much.Henna / Mehndi has a very long history with centuries of migration and cultural interaction. Many different traditions began in multiple different cultures over the past 5000 years and it has now become part of our modern history as well. Henna / Mehndi has a rich and beautiful past including evidence that it was originally used in ancient Egypt to stain the fingers and toes of the Pharaohs prior to mummification. The most common association with henna tattooing is it's use within the Indian culture used as a ceremonial art form for wedding ceremonies. Along with it's beautiful and eye catching cosmetic uses, henna / mehndi is also known for it's natural healing properties for health problems such as headaches, liver disorders, skin diseases and more.
The art form of mehndi differs from region to region, as it is a tradition that has been a part of so many cultures over the past 5000 years to present. Arabic designs tend to be more floral in their patterns while Indian designs are made of a delicate blending of fine lines creating striking pattern which covers a larger area of the skin such as the hands and feet. You will see this Indian tradition most often used as part of a wedding ceremony. Africans and Native/South American Indians have used henna tattooing as well but their designs tend to be larger geometric designs as opposed to the more often seen delicate designs of India. The modern henna tattooing that has now become part of many cultures worldwide which didn't originally use this form of body art can be quite diverse. Some people choose to wear a traditional Indian design while others use henna tattooing as a replacement for a modern tattoo design. Henna tattoos have become a very popular way to express ones individuality without the pain and permanency of an actual tattoo.
Aside from the tattooing side of henna, it is also very often used as a hair dye. Henna hair dye is a safe and natural way to change your hair color as opposed to the typical chemical hair dyes that so many people use. Henna hair dye is safe and gentle on your skin and hair making it a wonderful alternative to the very abusive chemical hair dyes you will use at a salon or buy from your local hair products retailer. Henna hair dye is completely natural and safe to use while you are pregnant as it is made from vegetable dyes rather than chemical dyes and unlike many chemical hair dyes henna does not contain bio-available lead acetate, which can be harmful to the fetus, particularly the nervous system and brain.
Mehndi is the art of painting the body in ornate designs with henna.
Associated with transformation and transcendence, it is a beautiful and mysterious art form
that has been used for centuries to heal, to adorn and to bless.
A paste is made from the crushed leaves of the henna plant mixed with other natural ingredients,
such as eucalyptus oil, lemon juice, and black tea. The paste is applied to the skin,
and when removed several hours later, it leaves beautiful markings that last from 1 to 3 weeks.
The longevity of a mehndi design depends on many factors.
Keep in mind that each persons skin takes differently to henna, as does the area of the body you choose to adorn.
Before applying the paste, the skin must be free and clear of all other oils and dirt.
Once The Paste Is On The Skin The Real Work Begins!
YOU ARE COMMISSIONING THE ARTIST TO APPLY YOUR HENNA DESIGN, THEN IT IS UP TO YOU.
To Get The Best Results From Your Henna Experience
YOU MUST TAKE CARE FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS.
The paste must be allowed to dry completely (20-30 min).
The longer the dried paste remains on the skin the longer the design will last, recommended time 4-6 hours.
Remove the paste with a layer of oil, or scratch off with fingers,
DO NOT TAKE IT OFF WITH WATER!
Avoid water contact for the first 24 hrs after the paste is removed, as the color is still developing at this time.
When the paste is first removed it will appear orange, it takes 24-48 hrs for the color to finish darkening to a deep brown.
Preserve and Protect your Design by Applying a Layer of 'Mehndi Maintenance Oil' to your Design Frequently,
Especially BEFORE and AFTER Water Contact.
Short History of Mehndi
The earliest cosmetic use of henna (lawsonia inermis) was in Egypt, where the people would dye their hair and nails,
and a Pharaoh's fingers and toes would be dipped before mummification. Once the henna plant's cooling properties were discovered,
painting the skin and dying the hair with henna became a way for the people in desert climates to cool their body temperature.
For centuries mehndi has been practiced in Africa, India, Asia, the Middle East, and Central Eurasia for various ceremonies and celebrations.
Today mehndi is still practiced in many diverse ways, from eccentric body decoration, to healing ceremonies. Mehndi is a Magical Art
Symbols and Symbolism
Henna dyes the top layer of skin... as the skin replaces itself and exfoliates away, the designs fade.
Areas of the body with thicker layers of skin will last the longest- the hands and feet can last up to 4 weeks.
The arms, ankles, back, and belly can last up to 3 weeks. And the chest, and face will last a week at most.
The Two Best Areas of the Body for Mehndi are the Hands and the Feet.
Hands ~ the most popular and long-lasting area of the body.
Palm ~ designs invoke images of opening and offering (usually sun, flower, mandala)
Back of hand ~ acts as a shield-closing, defending, clenching-symbolizing protection.
According to Eastern Indian Palmistry
Right hand ~ Male, Projective
Left hand ~ Female, Receptive
Feet ~ the tops stain deeply & are long-lasting.
The feet are recognized as a point of divine contact, considered a holy junction,
where Human being and Earth meet.
Symbolism in Tantric Philosophy
Point (Bindu)- The Supreme Reality
Seed (Bija)- The mysterious matrix in which everything emanates and merges.
All symbols begin with the seed.
Pointing up (Shiva)- Signifies active male principle. Resting on its base it represents fire, and the ascent to heaven.
Pointing down (Shakti) - Signifies active female principle. Reflects all that is feminine-water, fertile valleys, and grace descending from heaven.
Six Point Star (Satkona)- Signifies union of feminine and masculine principles.
Square (Catuskona)- Stability and order. Implies honesty, dependability, and shelter.
Diamond (Vajra)- Enlightenment.
Pentagram (Pancakona)- The 5 sections symbolize elements of fire, water, earth, air, and heavens.
Circle (Cakra)- Whole, perfect, infinite.
Mandalas- Concentric forms relating to a center point. By concentrating on a mandala the viewer penetrates the many layers of reality and moves towards an inner truth.
Flowers- Joy and happiness.
Lotus Flower- The awakening of the human soul. Grace, beauty, creativity, sensuality, femininity, and purity.
Sahasrara ~thousand-petal lotus~ uniting the soul with the 'Divine Source'
Sun, Moon,and Stars- Deep and lasting love between lovers/partners.
Vines- Devotion and perseverance, invoking both tenderness and vitality.
Peacock (Mayura)~ Companion while separated from a loved one.