Weekly Travel Theme: Multiples (2)

All our important festivals are incomplete without henna, applied on our hands in beautiful motifs and designs. The women gather at a common place for the ‘puja’. pic (69)


8 thoughts on “Weekly Travel Theme: Multiples (2)

  1. I just have to ask… how long does it take to make such beautiful, elaborate designs? And once done, how do you do anything without worrying about messing up such artwork? I don’t think I would ever want to wash my hands again! 🙂

    • Very nice, interesting image indeed. I’m replying with a ditto to the comment above. And well, if anything, it’s nice that you captured their creations in pictures that it won’t actually wear off.

    • 🙂 🙂 an accomplished person takes about 15-20 mins to do one hand. Henna is actually a paste made up of dried, crushed henna leaves. It is applied on the hands with the help of small plastic cones. It is then left to dry for a couple of hours, which is the best part because during that time you can really make everyone around you do as you command. 🙂 after it dries the henna is taken off and the color is left behind on your hands. it is then left to mature for a few hours or even overnight if possible without washing the hands. the color then sets in and lasts for the next 8-10 days slowly fading away. 🙂

    • Thanks so much!! It is so much a part of our tradition that we don’t give it so much of a thought. In the times of our grandparents all married women had to keep their hands hennaed as a sign of their marital status. now its applied for marriage , festivals and any auspicious occasion. And yes it does look beautiful. 🙂 🙂

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