The Indian Henna Painting

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In the eastern part of the world, women have loved applying henna since its inception. In India, mehndi is often applied to celebrate important occasions such as engagements, weddings, festivals, birthdays, and many others.

Henna is a shrub that grows in the tropical climates of southern Asia and Africa as well as northern Australia and finds mention in many ancient texts. In the Bible, this herb is referred to as camphire.  Mehndi is derived from the Sanskrit word mendhikā, the leaves of the mehndi or the henna plant contain a red-orange molecule, lawsone, which has the ability to temporarily stain the skin, hair, and nails. 

Before hair dyes and tattoos made a mark in the world of beauty, henna leaves were dried and ground into a powder, mixed into a paste, and applied using a variety of techniques. Depending on the location and availability, different ingredients such as tea, coffee, cloves, tamarind, lemon, sugar, and various oils have been also used to enhance the color and longevity of the Henna tattoo designs.

Mehndi or henna has reportedly been used for body art for at least 5,000 years and has a long history of migration and cultural interaction. Some scholars claim that the earliest documentation of henna uses is found in ancient Indian texts and images, indicating that mehndi as an art form may have originated in ancient India.

In south India, even today they still pick fragrant white henna flowers by moonlight and put them under the pillow for a good night’s sleep.

With time, a henna application has become an art form. Today, young girls, women, brides, bridesmaids, friends, and extended female family members book professional mehndi artists based on their aesthetic sensibilities.  

Indian mehndi is characterized by fine lines, and lacy, floral, and paisley patterns covering hands, palms, forearms, feet, and legs.

Nothing would be more amazing than trying something that would make you an integral part of Indian culture and traditions while you are here in India.

There is no better option than getting an elegant henna painting done on you.

Feel the indescribable joy and happiness that only your heart can feel and enjoy with some of the very talented young girls and women who have been taught by their mothers and grandmothers and who are super experts in doing this authentic cultural art of Henna, which is over 5000 years old or more!

Getting a henna painting is a unique cultural experience that you can take home with you: the dye may fade, but the memory will last forever and beyond!!

So please drop us a line at: and gift yourself with some unforgettable Mumbai Moments!

Points: It will take a couple of hours by the time the henna designs dry, so until then, it won’t be possible for you to put your hands in water or eat with your hands. The cost and the time will be based on the design pattern you choose, and whether you want to put it on your hands, forearms, palms, and/or legs, lasting around an hour or two, more or less.

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