Sunday, June 5, 2011


is the ancient Sanskrit practice of applying a henna paste design to the skin of women's hands and feet, most often for an Indian or Pakistani bride.  It has now become popular around the world as a means of self expression.

It is usually applied by a female member of the bride's family, often a sister or cousin, or by a professional.  The henna is a natural vegetable paste made from ground henna leaves.  It is sold in prepackaged cones, similar to cake frosting applicators.

typical mehndi cone

Every mehndi is unique.  The designs are mostly florals and paisleys, accented with  swirls, flourishes and dots. Sentimental images important to the bride and groom are sometimes included in the designs.  Mehndi lasts on the skin for one to three weeks.

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Mehndi designs have now made their way onto cakes and cookies for Hindu weddings and holiday celebrations.

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