Saturday, November 1, 2014


Mendy - the art of body painting, during which the pattern is created using henna. Unlike tattoos, Mehndi is a temporary decoration, but henna is kept much longer than ordinary painting on the body. Henna for the creation of amazing beauty and complexity of pattern on the body is widely used in different countries, including India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, as well as among representatives of diasporas from these countries living in other states. The word "mehndi" is derived from the Sanskrit word «mendhika». Using henna and turmeric to create the pattern on the body has been described in the ancient Vedic books about the traditional beliefs of the Vedic rituals.

1. Haldi (painted on the body with the use of a paste made from turmeric), as well as mehndi are one of the most important Vedic rituals that are intended to symbolize the symbolic representation of the external and internal sun. Vedic custom mostly intended to awaken the "inner light" in each person, and therefore the inner radiance of the Sun has an important symbolic function.
2. Mandy became fashionable in the West in the 1990s, where they are sometimes called simply "henna tattoos". Henna is usually used to create ornaments on the skin at special occasions such as weddings and Muslim holidays such as Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Azha. Also, henna body painting is found during the Hindu festivals like Karva Chauth, Diwali, Bhaidooj and Teej.
3. One of the traditions of some Hindu festivals is mandatory application of Henna on hands and legs for every woman.Typically, these figures applied to the hands and feet, where the color of the drawing will be darkest because the skin contains higher levels of keratin which binds temporarily henna coloring pigment. Henna was originally used exclusively as a dye that was used only for special occasions, for example, for application to the skin jewelry brides.
4. In our time, usually people buy ready-made packaging henna paste, which are ready to use it to create a mehndi. Thus any pattern to create very easily. However, in rural India, women continue to pound the fresh leaves of henna on a special grinding stone. Although the resulting mixture is not so uniform and aesthetically pleasing, as the purchase, resulting figure is a much darker and more intense.
5. The term "henna tattoos," it should be noted, is not completely true because figuratively because real tattoo is created by introducing colored pigment into the skin and is constant unlike the Mendy, which is applied to the skin and is temporary.
Position of the figure is desirable before drawing degrease with alcohol. Rubbing the skin for about three drops of eucalyptus oil pattern will make durable and avoid irritation.
6. The pasta cooked henna usually applied to the skin using a plastic cone or using a special brush. Sometimes masters use mehndi stencil syringe package, or special tubes with metal tips that allow you to create very thin lines - because these tubes are traditionally used for painting on silk. After about 15-20 minutes, henna paste dries and begins to crack, willows this time can be applied to the skin a mixture of lemon juice and sugar to get a darker shade. Painted area after staining procedure must be covered with a cloth, wrap with plastic or medical bandages - that under the influence of the temperature of the body color pattern became even more intense.
7. Keep the place of painting in the heat should be from three to six hours, and sometimes all night, after that you can open the skin. Initially figure varies from pale to dark orange, but it gradually darkened due to oxidation by acquiring the final group for 24 to 72 hours. The final color pattern Mendy usually reddish brown and can thus be from one to three weeks, depending on the quality and type of the henna paste which was used to create it, and from where it is at any body site was created drawing (drawing on areas with rough skin appears darker than the picture on the areas with light delicate skin).
8. To mehndi lasted on the skin as long as possible, it is advised to apply moisturizing mask with natural oils, such as olive, sesame, or coconut, as the cause of the gradual fading mehndi pattern is the natural process of exfoliation of the top layer of skin. If mehndi quickly fade, so ready pasta not stored correctly, or you are too dry. For the same reason that the skin is not exfoliating too fast, it is not recommended to wash by hand or wash the dishes, make better use of washing and dishwashing machines  or, at least, wear protective gloves.
9. Mandy is one of the ancient traditions that piously observed at weddings in India. Weddings in India can often be very lush, solemn and lengthy, and represents a complex ritualized action, which consists of several ceremonies, each of which must take place at certain times, before, during, or immediately after the wedding.
10. Mendy is often one of the most important pre-wedding ceremonies with special significance for the bride. This cheerful ritual, which is celebrated mainly in the family of the bride. In different regions of the country, mehndi ritual performed in different ways, according to their own customs related to marriage, the attendant rituals and features of matrimonial culture.
11. mehndi ceremony and distributed outside India, among the Indian diaspora living in other countries on different continents.
12. The ceremony takes place mainly in the bride's home or in a banquet hall on the eve of the marriage ceremony or few days before the marriage. Usually, the bride and groom come together for the event, and a visiting professional artist applies mehndi patterns on the hands and feet of the bride. Used in this case are different patterns of increased complexity. Often, in the intertwining lines forming pattern mehndi, guessed the groom's initials or name. During the application of painting invited to the ceremony dance and sing traditional songs, and they are required to be colored in bright costumes, often, these costumes are bright pink, yellow or purple.

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