Weddings and Body Art

Body art had a very close relation with beauty. It probably dated back to the pioneers of grooming, the Egyptians. By body art we mean both temporary and permanent tattoo. In South East Asian countries almost all brides use some form of body art to adorn their bridal bodies.

Henna or Mehendi:
The last documented use of ‘Henna’ as a mode of body art has been last recorded in the early Bronze Age in the Mediterranean countries.  There are various types of Henna art you can choose from:

1. Indian Mehndi

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This one is for the traditional look; beautiful intricate patterns radiating traditional patterns. The designs range from simple to highly intricate. The patterns all have symbolism attached, for eg. Diamond signifies enlightenment, a peacock represents desire, passion & love, a crescent moon means a newborn baby, etc.

2. Arabic Mehndi

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Compared to Indian Mehndi, Arabic designs are simpler. They usually consist of floral patterns like flowers, leaves veins, etc. Unlike Indian Mehndi, these shapes are just outlines & are not filled. They partially cover the hands & feet.

3. Pakistani Mehndi

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This is a mix of the complex versions of Arabic & Indian Mehndi designs. The designs are detailed & elaborate.

4. African Mehndi

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African Mehndi designs are simple geometric shapes like squares, lines & dots. Like Arabic Mehndi, these designs are also not filled & they cover your arms like a fine mesh. Or, if you want to keep it traditional yet absolutely quirky, then you can go a little crazy with the henna patterns and get tribal bands around your hands and ankles.

If the traditional Indian rust coloured pattern is to main stream for you, then fret not there are a buffet of Mehndi patterns soaring high up the popularity charts in the Wedding Bazaar.

1. Stone studded mehndi

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If bling is your thing, then you can always experiment by using semi precious stones to fill up your mehndi laden hands. Colorful is an apt adjective for an Indian wedding so why should the bride’s mehndi be any different? .

2. White henna designs

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These are becoming increasingly popular with Asian as well as Western brides. Unlike what people popularly believe, there is no such thing as White Henna. There is white paint, white adhesive and white glitter mehndi which are used to paint across your hand.

3. Chandan Pattern:

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Sandalwood paste is also used as one of the forms to adorn brides. This practice is mostly prevalent in the north eastern part of our country; take a que from our beautiful Bengali brides.

4. Temporary metallic gold/silver tattoos:

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For the bride who can’t be bothered to wear heavy gold or silver jewelry, these tattoos are the perfect option! These tattoos are not only temporary, but you get them in the form of stickers as well. Dare to be different? Look no further!

5. Show off your Ink:

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If you ask me, I personally believe in celebrating yourself on your wedding. Everything that you love about yourself, and about your body. So if you are inked, then don’t be scared to show it off. After all your body is nothing but a canvas. Low back and backless blouses are great ways to tell the world how beautifully inked and proud you are. Let the world know, there hides a rebel in the bridal dress.

6. Painting your footsteps:

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Feets are once again one of the most neglected parts of our body. With all the pre-wedding running around behind you, this is the time when you start paying attention to your feet. Most North Indian brides lace their feet with Henna patterns, while North eastern brides trace the arch of their feet with a red pigment, called ‘alta’. Alta is predominantly used by classical and Bharatnatyam dancers, who stain the tips of their fingers and toes with red.   With an endless catalogue of choices to pull off on your wedding day; brides don’t be scared to use your imagination and do justice to the word ‘showstopper’.