Mehendi is an ancient craft which was brought to India by the Moghuls. It is used as a decoration on the hands and arms as well as on the feet. It is worn by women of all casts and religions, except Christians, at certain festivals and weddings. It is an intricate craft and it can take eight to ten hours for a bride to be suitably decorated. Henna leaves are crushed, ground and dried to make a powder. The powder is then mixed with water and a little lime juice into a smooth paste and is allowed to stand overnight.
It is applied either with a cone or a thin stick to make fine, delicate patterns.
Note: If you are trying this with your girls, please note that the patterns generally take 1 – 2 weeks to fade.