It’s a wedding affair
Mehendi commonly known as Henna is a paste made from henna leaves, which is applied on the hands and feet using a plastic cone. In the Indian weddings, it is a tradition for the Indian bride to cover her hands and feet throughout with the designs of mehendi. Rajasthani mehendi designs are very popular when it comes to Indian Weddings. The designs in Rajasthani mehendi, mainly focuses on the patterns of flowers, peacock, leaves and other traditional motifs. The intricate and elaborate designs of Rajasthani mehendi take their inspiration from the folk dance, the art forms and the tradition of Rajasthan. In the earlier days, women used to grind the henna leaves into a rough paste and apply it on the hands in big simple circular designs, stick like lines and dots. With the advent of cones, it has become a lot easier to apply mehendi resulting in beautiful designs.
The hands and feet of the Indian brides are covered with intricate and elaborate Rajasthani Mehendi designs. The common trait of such an art is that the designs on both the hands and the feet are a mirror image and it seems that they are identical. Thus Rajasthani mehendi designs are very tedious and complex for an artist. It requires practice to make such intriguing designs. The most common and the easiest type of design is the mango leaf design. It may vary in size and the thickness of the border. It is often kept dark so as to highlight the design. The artist may fill the interiors of the leaf with small continuous boxes. The leaf is then covered with small motifs to fill the left over space. Another very famous Rajasthani mehendi design is the peacock designs. The peacock is made more circular and abstract so that one does not identify with is easily. This is a complex design and is enclosed with small intricate designs to beautify it. Generally the arms of the brides are fully covered with designs of the henna while her feet are covered up to the calves. Another famous tradition in Indian weddings is writing of the grooms name on the bride’s hand, surrounded by other motifs of mehendi. This is considered auspicious.
Mehendi all the way!
An artist usually pays attention to the lines in Rajasthani Mehendi designs. The lines help to give depth and heaviness to the unified design. They also help in completing the motifs. Thickening of the borders of any designs helps to make it prominent from the other motifs. Apart from the palms and the arms, the fingers are also covered with tiny angular designs. This helps to complete the looks of henna applied hands. In a typical Rajasthani wedding, the left hand of the bride with tattooed with the figure of a Rajasthani prince and the right hand is tattooed with the figure of a princess. This depicts the groom and the bride. The best suitable designs for the feet are the motifs of the birds and the veil sheet.