5 Stunning Bengali Henna Designs
Mehndi or henna painting has become an inevitable part of our culture without which any celebration is incomplete, especially weddings. Traditionally, Bengalis apply alta on hands and feet on auspicious ceremonies. Alta is a red dye which women especially Bengali women apply with cotton on the border of their feet during marriages and religious festivals. But with time henna painting has also become quite popular in our culture as well and it has made a special place in our heart and to-do-list.
Though of Persian origin and the modern name, “paisley” is of Scottish descent, made fashionable in Europe by the town of Paisley in Central Scotland, this has almost become the traditional Bengali design which rule Bengali culture. It is the most commonly used pattern while doing Bengali henna painting. It is can be used in various forms and can be designed in many different ways. Resembling a twisted tear-drop, the design is considered auspicious in our tradition.
Floral patterns adorned by leaves and tendrils, this is the second most favorite designs of Bengali women. Each and every flower has its own enchanting meaning. Bengali Flower mehndi designs mainly includes hibiscus. It is considered pious in our culture and its beauty is associated with its femininity and gentleness, calm and composite. The hibiscus mehndi design can be beautiful, elegant, and sexy.
Though the design mainly belongs to Rajasthan, but it has become one of our favorites too. The beautiful bird is a symbol of immortality, integrity and beauty, prosperity, royalty, love, compassion, soul and peace. It holds a powerful and mythical symbol. Peacocks in lucid paisley shapes adorned with flowers and leaves looks really pretty.
Yes, we love heavy intricate designs and patterns as well. Only on palm or full hand, which is actually till elbow, Bengali intricate mehndi designs and patterns include highly detailed and fine designs with Kalkas, flowers, veins and leaves beautifully combined with each other to give a beautiful look. Such designs are really hard to master and they can take hours to finish. I am still struggling, like since the past 10 years to master it, but I am still stuck at the naïve state. Mostly such mehndi designs are worn by our brides and her girl troops.
The simplest of all designs. have a big dot on the back of hand (dorsal) and in the center of palm. Finger tips are also covered by henna. This design is very easy and can easily be mastered by armatures. After some practice this design won’t take you more than a couple of minutes. It was actually done by alta but it has a tendency to get messed and fade away when it comes in contact with water. So women who don’t want the trouble and still want to go traditional, this mehndi design works for them.
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