Henna is used pretty extensively to decorate women’s hands during weddings in India. It’s called Mehindi in India

At the mehndi ceremony, the future bride has her hands and feet intricately patterned with a paste which is a recipe of henna, oil, lemon juice and some water tinted with tea. The application of mehndi or henna takes about four hours to complete. Ideally, the bride-to-be should not wash her hands until the paste has completely dried.

Mehndi has great significance in all Eastern wedding traditions, and no wedding is complete without the decoration of the bride’s hands and feet – in many cultures on both the front and back of the hands right up to the elbow, and on the bottom half of the legs. The mehndi night is something like a hen night in the West, with all the bride’s female friends and relatives getting together to celebrate.

Mehndi signifies the strength of love in a marriage. The darker the mehndi, the stronger the love.

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How it’s applied – freehand using what looks like a cake icing bag: Here

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  • Heather  Waller-Rivet  IPA
    Heather Walle...over 5 years ago


  • Thank you so much Heather – for the quick comment and fav!! Glad you liked it!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • RajeevKashyap
    RajeevKashyapover 5 years ago

    Excellent Work

  • Thanks Rajeev!! Not too many opportunities to see Mehndi down south!!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Nathalie Chaput
    Nathalie Chaputover 5 years ago


  • Thank you so much my friend!!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Kimberley  x ♥ Davitt
    Kimberley x ♥...over 5 years ago

    beautiful looks like lace

  • Cheers Kim!! I’m nicking your comment and changing the title of the image to “Henna’d lace” – it suits it so perfectly!! :-)))

    – Vikram Franklin

  • David McMahon
    David McMahonover 5 years ago

    I’m familiar with this work, because I grew up in India. There is grace in your depiction.

  • Thank you so much David – for the lovely comment and fav! The grace isn’t mine I’m afraid – the bride has a lot of bearing on it!!
    Where did you grow up??

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Sazfab
    Sazfabover 5 years ago

    I LOVE this , I think this art is amazing and I long to have it stained authentically on my hands and feet…. Fabulous image

  • I find myself standing and staring in awe of the artists who do this. They work so rapidly – I’d take days to do what they do in a few seconds!!
    Thank you for the kind comment!

    – Vikram Franklin

    JUSTARTover 5 years ago


  • Thank you so very much!!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedover 5 years ago

    So beautiful – would like to try that once .o)

  • Not sure if you’d find this in Denmark – but you definitely would in the UK!!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • ArtPhotoCollide
    ArtPhotoCollideover 5 years ago

    Beautiful… I’ve always been facinated with this kind of art =)

  • Thanks Pris. It is completely fascinating. Just google henna or mehndi and you’ll see how varied and intricate the designs can get!!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Rebecca Cozart
    Rebecca Cozartover 5 years ago

    Beautiful image.

  • Thank you so very much my friend!

    – Vikram Franklin

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