Henna art or mehendi is a special type of body art that involves creating individual drawings and intricate patterns on the skin using henna. This tradition comes from ancient times, when almost everyone tried to put symbolic figures on their skin, striving for self-expression. The mehendi is considered to come from the East, where the art of mehendi was connected with different rituals. For example, in India, henna drawings were traditionally used by brides during the preparations for the wedding, and in Egypt they were made a mandatory decoration for dancers. Just as it was many centuries ago, nowadays the fascination with mehendi art is connected with a desire to find the most effective way of communication and with self-expression.
Henna art can be done in different styles. The most recognized are Arabic, Asian, African, Indian and Slavic. The Arabic style is based on floral images of varying degrees of complexity. Asian mehendi, relying on traditional Indian themes, glorifies the depth and sublimity of national values. The African style is distinguished by a clear structured theme of mehendi, which finds a specific expression in each of its subspecies – Berber and Moroccan. The intricate patterns of African mehendi combine geometric shapes with the world of colors.
Indian henna painting uses a variety of teardrop-shaped patterns with religious elements, and small flowers, which are connected by lines in a complex ornament pattern. The Slavic mehendi style draws attention to eclecticism.
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