Primarily, applying mehndi has only stuck to being a culture in the South Asian Communities, it was only meant to be worn at a special event; for instance, by a bride at her wedding. Back then there were no intricate designs available. This culture also has in-depth reasoning behind it, it was not only for beauty purposes but mehndi or Lawsonia Inermis leaves have known to possess properties which provide a cooling effect. These soothing leaves prevent nerves from getting too tense and keep the wedding day stress and headaches at bay.
This primitive culture of bridal mehndi also has an interesting twist to it, as the name of the groom is hidden within the mehndi design on the bride’s hands. The groom then has to find his name which is known to be a very interesting custom in most of the parts of Southern Asian wedding rituals. Nowadays, the art of mehndi has become so prevalent, so much that any joyous event is considered incomplete without the application of mehndi by females and especially soon-to-be brides on their wedding day.
There are a number of latest mehndi trends that have been circulating around for years and continue to only further grow. The latest trends have a variety of colors in the bridal mehndi designs on which can be applied not only on the hands but also the arms, legs, and feet. Some of which are as follows:
Arabic Mehndi Design:
Arabian mehndi designs are known to have more spaced out and spread out design patterns, which allow for the patterns to have more room and breathing space. A common design is of the detailed elephant motif among the Arabic culture. Some other prevalent designs applied in the Arabic mehndi designs are Paisley, Floral, and Swirls & Swirls. The Arabic mehndi patterns give your hands, arms or feet a different kind of elegance to it which enhances the overall touch of beauty.
Pakistani Mehndi Design:
The Pakistani mehndi designs are a mix of two different mehndi cultures, the Arabian and the Indian. As this culture has a mix of both heritages. Among Pakistani mehndi designs, the most commonly applied are the patterns of beetle leaves and mango leaves chained with the net of beads in the various different colors of mehndi. These floral patterns have the same volume of flowery patterns extending across the design repeatedly. Winding or curly circles, petals on branches are used to fill out the empty spaces while trying to not overdo the design at the same time. In some designs large leaves or checkboard patterns are also used. All of which combines to make a very easy-following and smooth design of elegant patterns throughout the mehndi design.
Indian Mehndi Design:
The Indian Mehndi designs are known to be packed. There are fuller and thinner lines with loads and loads of detail. There are different patterns and styles in, the Peacock motif being one of the most commonly used ones surrounded by a net of rings and squares. In these mehndi designs, a design of a proud prince on one hand and an elegant princess on the other hand is more commonly seen. A mandala designed pattern is also an integral part of modern Indian culture. The Indian Mehndi designs are rich in their intricate designs and patterns which give off a full-look.