Mehendi or Mehandi designs are one of the oldest Indian trends that have become a rage across the world. Organically tattooed palms, hands, feet and legs have been a very old running practice in India, with women choosing to color and tint their hands and feet with Heena powder on auspicious occasions especially weddings.
Heena or Mehandi is considered to bring good luck and fortune to the bride when she applies it before her wedding, and is also known to deepen the groom’s love for her when its color deepens. There is a lot of significance to a mehandi drawn by a lady in Indian traditions and hence the right amount of time and effort and practice is required for it to be the best and flawless.
Here are a few time-tested motifs that have been a constant favorite with every mehandi lover.
The Paisley Pattern
Also called the “Ambi”, this pattern looks every bit alluring when it is woven in with the main design of the mehandi. It gives the wearer a very pretty pattern over all when it is done perfectly. It is also a simple one to draw.
You can draw a circle and fill it with amazing patterns when it comes to a mehandi. These circular motifs make the mehandi a very beautiful sight and also help fill in a larger space on the hands. It can also be used to join other patterns for continuity.
Floral Designs, Leaves and Creepers
These patterns are very delicate and can be drawn across the fingers to fill in the space there. Leaves and creepers are great even on the back of the hand and on the feet as they give a sense of movement to your design. Flowers drawn delicately or even in bold patterns look very feminine and depict a fresh beginning in the life of the wearer.
Peacock Mehandi Designs
This is the most popular design amongst all the mehandi manics. It is most favored as it is considered feminine and a sign of vitality. There are many kinds of peacock patterns that form the main design in your mehandi design and also form a great pattern when used in the background or as a supplement to your main one.
Lines and Dot Patterns
Also a great accompaniment to your mehandi design, the lines and dots patterns form a great illusionary effect in the design of your mehandi. When used together they form an interesting design. This is also a great beginners’ choice.
Criss-cross lines that can be formed into a chequered pattern by filling in the alternate checks, they give a nice aesthetic appeal to your mehandi.
Bride and Groom
Famous amongst many traditional Indian brides, the bride and groom pattern weaves a story in your mehandi that spells love and life together.
Colored Mehandi and Borders
Colored Mehandi is now a craze. Available in many colors, it leaves little to imagination. Trendy and innovative borders also add an edge to the traditional mehandi patterns.