Henna Designs

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Posted by Seema on July 25, 2002 at 15:29:19:

I find all this interest in Mehndi and body piercings quite
fascinating - back in 1976 when I was only 14 - I got my nose pierced
which became the subject of keen interest - I used to get stopped by
people who wanted to know where I had had it pierced! At that time I
also used to get my mehndi sent from Pakistan and used exactly the
same techniques and methods traditionally practised by the Gujrati
community who are maestros in this art form. I also used to get
people asking me about then.
What I did find was that the colour is very definitely affected by
the cold! In the Indian sub-continent, mehndi is very often used on
the head, palms and soles to cool the body down particularly during
the height of summer. I t does work! Feeling gungho , I unwisely
ignored advice form my experienced grandmother and used mehndi on my
waist-length hair in the midst of a winter in Karachi (not very cold
by UK standards) and came down with the flu , because the body
temperature had been so affected by the use of mehndi.
Anyway, please don't criticise all the ready -made brands of mehndi
in cones - I have had phenomenal success with two in particular -
Beauty and Jani from Pakistan. Initially, I used them with much
trepidation, but much to my great surprise , this became so popular
in school during an Activity Week at my school that I couldn't walk
down the corridor without being swamped by students desperate fro a
mehndi design. I ended up supplying students with them - because it
became so popular. The colour darkens quite well and lasts long
enough for the students who were 'well-pleased' (in their own words)
There are books available from Pakistan with a variety of designs
from the Sub-continent, the Arab countries and North Africa. In
Pakistan, the skill of some artistes is so incredible, that two
ladies decorate a bride at the same time , with identical designs on
each hand and foot and finish within seconds of each other! Quite
often, the patterns co-ordinate perfectly with the intricate
jewellery and embroidered designs of the bridal outfit- an amazing
feat considering the artistes have only really just seen the outfit
for the first time.The coloured mehndis that in are in vogue are not
really mehndis, sinc the natural colour range of mehndi is yellow to
deep red.These are actually similar to the fabric paints and
outliners and of course glitter glues/paints.
Pleas excuse the disjointed nature of this message - I could go on
for hours about the world of mehndi.
from Seema


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