Henna-Mehndi is one of the cultural heritages of Pakistan which is associated with the hedonistic feelings of ladies. It leaves red or dark orange color on the skin after it dries.
It is made of mignonette tree which has been used for centuries to dye skin, nails, hair, and wool. Now-a-days it is available in different colors but the traditional henna is of red or orange color. It is well-liked in the ladies of every age.
Henna is made of mignonette tree which has been used for centuries to dye skin, nails, hair, and wool. The leaves of mignonette tree are dried and then grinded on a grind-stone which leaves it powdered. This powder is mixed with water or “qehwa” to convert it into paste. Now-a-days it is available in different colors but the traditional henna is of red or orange color. It is well-liked in the ladies of every age.
The roots of Henna go back to the Bronze Age when it was used to dye skin and hair along with finger nails. It has been reported to be mentioned in the ancient Indian court in 400 CE. Roman Empire and Spain also indicate the presence and use of Henna. It was used as remedial herb in Egypt in 16th century BC. Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya also listed it as medicinal plant. Wool was dyed with henna in Morocco in the ancient times. Muslims have a sacred association with henna as the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) used henna.
In Pakistan, henna is the symbol of happiness and pleasure. The girl is garlanded with Henna on her wedding. Her friends and family members make Henna a memorable event as the Mehndi night is the last night of the girl at her parents’ home. The friends gather up around her and apply mehndi on her hands, arms, and feet to make her look attractive and beautiful. They sing songs of mehndi on this blissful occasion. The next day when she wakes up in the morning, mehndi adorns her and enhances her bridal beauty by coloring her skin especially the palms.
Along with wedding, Henna is popular among girls and ladies on Eid days when special shops are opened for applying mehndi on their hands and arms. It is a part of every celebration of ladies. Girls and ladies in rural areas apply mehndi not only on their hands, but on the head to color their hair. Henna leaves the gray hair as red and black as reddish black. The aged ladies prefer dying their hair with henna instead of keeping them gray.
Designers of Henna devise new and unique designs to make their market attractive for ladies. These designs in print form are available in the shops to facilitate the girls and ladies imitate these designs by themselves. Females have been given a natural tilt towards applying henna and devising new and different designs.