The art of Mehndi, otherwise known as henna, has been practiced in India, Pakistan, Africa and Saudi Arabia for more than 5000 years now. In India, we apply Mehndi to commemorate every festival and occasion. There are different types of Mehndi to suit every occasion in our country. One of the most popular among these is bridal mehndi.
Weddings are one occasion where not only the brides themselves but also the relatives and all the merry wedding goers applyÂ mehndi.Â In fact such is the important of this art, that a special ceremony and a day is reserved just to apply it.
Tradition has it that the darker the color of theÂ mehndiÂ the deeper is the love between the bride and groom. Some traditions also say that till the time the brideâ€™s hands are stained withÂ mehndi,Â she is exempted from doing any housework.
On her wedding day, every bride wants to be stunning and every bride wants to be original.Â MehndiÂ is an integral part of a brideâ€™s outfit and so over the years, artists have come up with numerous innovative designs to suit every bride.
BridalÂ mehndiÂ itself has numerous types.Â These designs are subject to the choice of the bride. Some choose intricate designs spread across the hands and legs, reaching their elbows and knees. These designs, sometimes take up to five to six hours to apply.
ApplyingÂ mehndiÂ can be a gruelling task for both the artist as well as the bride to be.Â Even after theÂ mehndiÂ is applied the bride has to take care so as not to smudge it and also so that it leaves the best color once itâ€™s dried.
MehndiÂ in ancient times was applied to the bride in order to help calm her nerves before her big day. A lot has changed since, but one thing remains the same. A wedding is a big day for any bride andÂ mehndiÂ still remains one of the most integral parts of the whole wedding ceremony.
About Jyoti Cheddha, the author
Jyoti Chheda is among the topÂ MehndiÂ artists in India. In the world ofÂ MehndiÂ she is a well-known personality. Jyoti specialises in bridalÂ mehndiÂ and is well known for her creativity.
She has worked with a number of celebrities likeÂ Yeh rishta kya kehlata haiâ€™Â s Pooja Joshi, TV artist Sulagna and Model Shruti Narayan. However, she says that to her, every bride is a celebrity.
You can contact her on: +91 9819352829