Saturday, August 28, 2010
About Henna Mehndi
Henna (mehndi) is a famous Eastern cosmetic and ornamental thing for women. This article basically gives you a peep into the history of this famous tradition of Henna.
History of Henna
The history and origin of Henna is hard to trace. Centuries of migration and cultural interaction it is difficult to determine where particular traditions began. There is very persuasive evidence that the Neolithic people in Catal Huyuk, in the 7th millennium BC, used henna to ornament their hands in connection with their goddess of fertility.
The earliest cultures to have used henna include the Babylonians, Assyrians, Sumerians, Semites, Ugaritics and Canaanites. Henna has also been used extensively in southern China and has been associated with erotic rituals for at least three thousand years, during the ancient Goddess’ cultures.
Mehndi Art is also known as Henna tattoos. It was developed in India as a temporary body decoration. Mehndi was more likes a cosmetic that was used during special occasions such as weddings. The patterns are intricate and stunning and commonly found in the hands and feet.
Most of the artists use stencils but others draws intricate patterns and apply henna tattoos by hand. Henna is a natural powder used to dye the hair. Henna gradually fades over a period of days or weeks. Getting a temporary tattoo is inexpensive, painless but still looks real.
There are different henna tattoo designs such as Celtic or tribal patterns. Mostly found in arm, shoulder, ankle or other common choices. Some young people prefer henna tattoo designs because they are not yet ready to get a real tattoo but they attracted to the style. The pattern is painted on then paste and left to dry until it falls off naturally. Some of it lasted for long but some faded soon and it all depends on the specific henna tattoo product being used.