Types of Mehndi
The uses and styles of Mehndi has evolved hugely as the practice as spread across the world. It’s now practiced in many cultures, for many different purposes, throughout the globe.
The designs used in Arabic Mehndi tend to be more general and suitable for a wider range of occasions. Here, we see a unique blend of basic shapes with the additional of more complex designs. Creativity and craftsmanship can really shine in this style and some of these Mehndi designers are the most skilled in the genre.
However, for minimalists, there are more basic Arabic designs where the Mehndi motifs are applied to one side of the hand and feet and do not extend to forearms or calves. This Indo-Arabic style of Mehndi fuses both design trends into its own stylish niche. Floral and paisley motifs, more reminiscent of Indian styles dominate here, although the designs tend to be more curvy with an emphasis on vine-like shapes. Mango gota work combines with floral motifs recurring in geometrical template covering palm and hand. While these motifs are filled with varied intricate designs, the surrounding space is also covered with branches flanked by leaflets and buds. Hypnotic swirls with floral themes in vertically continuous patterns make this style is suitable for women of every age, regardless of the event.
Some Arabic designs have veils and flowers drawn diagonally across palms and arms in a new age interpretation of Arabic Mehndi that involves the addition of contemporary tapestry designs to traditional middle-eastern body art. These contemporary tapestry designs not only complement the bridal Mehndi look, but are now looked upon as an ‘everyday’ body adornment or temporary tattoo by fashion-conscious women. Typically, artists accentuate these designs by adding crystals and sparkles that define their own stylistic interpretation within the art form.