The History Of Mehndi Designs

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Have you attended an Indian or Pakistani wedding? Have you noticed the beautiful art works on the hands and feet of the bride? Well, these artworks are called mehndi and are prepared using natural henna. There are various types of mehndi such as Indian, Pakistani, and Arabic. The art of applying artwork on various body parts started more than 5,000 years ago. Historians believed that it was the Mughals who brought mehndi to India, but others believed that the art of mehndi originated in India. There are different opinions when it comes to the origin of mehndi. In fact, some people claim that the art of mehndi started in the Middle East and North Africa.

Mendhi designs and wedding

The mehndi design is actually used in Indian weddings. The art of mehndi started centuries ago and up until now a lot of people were using it particularly in countries like Yemen and India. To satisfy the traditional requirements, the mehndi should be applied four to five days before the wedding. Today, you can find many mehndi designs and are featured in books and even online. The designs have significantly changed from the times of the past to the present modern times. The beauty and distinct art of mehndi has indeed captivated millions of people from various parts of the world and is foreseen to make it big in the coming years.

History Of Mehndi Designs

Basic Types of Mehndi designs

The Arbi/Arabic Mehndi

Arabic Mehndi

Of all other types of mehndi, this one showcases the lesser details, which makes it even more beautiful compared to other available mehndi types. Arabic mehndi uses bolder colouring features and will not entirely cover the hands and feet. The Arbi variant is characterized by various leaves, vines, and flowers.

The Indian Mendhi

Indian Mehndi Designs Hands

This type is the most popular among all other types of mehndi designs. As a matter of fact, the Indian Mehndi is not only used for weddings, but also in various functions and festivities. As the time passes by, modifications have been made, which resulted to various branches of Indian mehndi. A perfect example of Indian mehndi is a figure in the middle of the palm of the bride. Big dots are also popular designs among Indians. One of the distinct characteristic of Indian mehndi is that it covers the entire finger tips.

The Pakistani Mendhi

pakistani mehndi

Of all types of mehndi, the highly detailed and intricate one is the Pakistani mehndi. Compared to other types of mehndi out there, the Pakistani mehndi displays the most features. Pakistani mehndi is truly captivating and stunning to the eyes, but is very difficult to apply. Its intricate details make it extremely difficult and time consuming to apply.  The designs and details of Pakistani mehndi make it expensive as well.


Applying mehndi has become a tradition in various countries like Africa and Asia, but today it becomes more of a trend than tradition. Mehndi is appealing to most people because it allows you to create beautiful designs on your skin without piercing or inflicting any pain on your body. There are so many varieties of mehndi designs and most of them can be downloaded from the internet.

Author Bio

Isabella Jimenez is an avid fan of bridal mehndi designs. She has attended various Indian weddings and she was greatly captivated by the beauty of mehndi artwork. She constantly visits for more mehndi designs.