Mehndi or mendhika is a word heard very frequently in every Indian household on every occasion be it may be a festival or family function or a wedding. Mehndi designs are very famous and are mostly famous to be seen on hands and legs of a bride which are always beautifully adorned and is very intricate.
Mehndi is actually a paste made out of leaves of a henna plant that is grown precariously in the Indian subcontinent and Middle Eastern countries. These leaves are either dried out or made into fine powder or the fresh leaves are crushed and blended with few other ingredients to give the intricate and delicate design a bright color.
Also, the Indian households hold the mehndi in high consideration as it is thought to be auspicious. The color of mehndi as richer it gets is Considered very good and luck.
The mehndi designs are always very intricate and are drawn in fine lines and takes only very little amount of time to finish the design. also, the henna designs are considered to be temporary tattoos in the fashion world and for this craze, the new age mehndi designs have inculcated modern techniques of including few chemical based mehndi paste and Kundan stones to adorn these delicate patterns.
When it comes to the designs, mehndi patterns are broadly categorized into two ways; Indian style of mehndi designs and Arabic style of mehndi designs. Though these styles both use the same henna paste and same techniques in applying the paste onto the hands and legs, they differ in terms of design and intricacies. While Indian designs are elaborate and complex, Arabic designs are effortless and easy and simple.
Indian style of mehndi is very popular and is known for its elaborateness which covers most of the legs and hands from almost elbows to the fingertips and knees to toes. Also, this style has its own way of depicting the tales of our ethnicity and culture.
Indian style of applying mehndi requires that every design drawn within is relevant to each other and involves many floral patterns, motifs, interlacing patterns, abstract and geometrical patterns. The sheer complexity of the design is what it takes the breath away of the viewers and this style is particularly best suited for brides on their most important day.
This style of mehndi designs also include the pictures of gods, goddesses and few instruments of music that are used in Indian marriages which are considered good luck for the future. Also apart from these, the ones who apply mehndi designs also draw the pictures of the bride and groom beautifully making the lovely maiden look furthermore lovely and bring out her beauty to the next level completely.
Indian styles of mehndi patterns are best suited for marriages other such big occasions in a woman's life. It is always best to apply these patterns' outline thicker and the inner designs with fine lines to bring out the best.
while Indian style of mehndi is elaborate and complex, Arabic style patterns are very easy and effortless and also can vary in the size of the design from just palm-sized to long designs but these designs do not cover entire hand or leg instead is drawn delicately in a diagonal manner from fingertips to the desired level.
Also, these designs are mostly abstract and are dependent entirely on the imagination of the person who is applying it. These designs are mostly floral and don’t take many details into account.
These designs also include motifs like the Indian style of mehndi but differ in the intricacies. This style is very simple and can be sported off to any formal or informal parties or occasions or even to the get-togethers. Hence these styles of mehndi designs have gained much craze amongst the today youth and are fast gaining demand for which salons and shops have been erected merely for this.
For all those who desire to apply mehndi on their hands themselves easily and immediately, we bring to you the step by step procedure of how to apply a mehndi design in Arabic style
Step By Step Procedure To Apply Arabic Design
To start with the very first step, we need to keep the hands clean and keep the henna cone ready with the tip cut correctly with a fine tip. Also, if you are not very imaginative try to create simple floral pattern on the palm from an end and try to drag it to the fingertips by adding additional designs like leaves or motifs or other patterns that can go with the basic floral pattern as shown below
Motifs or mango shaped leaf patterns drawn from one end of such floral pattern, as shown above, go well and is also very simple to draw. But if you are naïve to the very simple floral design, try starting the design with a small dot and then circling it smoothly, and creating smooth wavy lines around.
Only after you achieve the first step, create motifs around the pattern, but always remember a simple rule; to fill in the details, always make an outline of the design first on paper and then on the hand. The outlines of the design must always be drawn in thick lines as aforesaid and is shown below in the picture.
Always, the Arabic design of the henna application is always about the fine inner details and is always differentiated with thick lines and shades. These finer shadings and details are what make the Arabic designs different from others. Also, attach additional shapes and designs so that it looks collective with the floral pattern. Try to make thick stroke for a better outlook as shown below in the picture.
Now try to outline the same design with dots that are in descending order as you can see in the above picture. As this design is known only for a single sidedness, you need not worry about filling the gaps to make the design look more elaborate. With Arabic designs, it is always the simpler, the better.
After you neatly outline all the design patterns with round dots, move on to your fingertips to style them with small regular patterns similar ones on every finger as shown below. Also, remember that the styling of fingertips is just an option and this mehndi style can be worn on both sides of the hand and legs, but make sure that they are always one sided and keep it diagonal.