Sunday, November 06, 2005

Mehendi

I went to my friend’s aunt to apply the Mehendi. I had my hands done by his cousin who knew the basics. The key to success: be patient! The result was quite orange due to my skin color.

Mehendi usually denotes the application of henna as a temporary form of skin decoration. This usage is popular in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. It is usually drawn on the hands and feet.

Henna paste is generally applied to the skin using a plastic cone or a paint brush, but sometimes a small metal-tipped jacquard bottle used for silk painting is used. The final color is reddish brown and can last anywhere from two weeks to several months depending on the quality of the paste.

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