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Friday, July 6, 2012

*Art Of The Day*

My art for today has been a favorite for a very long time and that is Indian Mehndi tattoo art. Mehndi is the application of henna as a temporary form of skin decoration in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and many other places. Mehndi is a ceremonial art form which originated in ancient India. Muslims also use it as an up coming of age. Intricate patterns of mehndi are typically applied to brides before wedding ceremonies. The bridegroom is also painted in some parts of India. In Rajasthan, the grooms are given designs that are often as elaborate as those for brides. In Assam, apart from marriage, it is broadly used by unmarried women during Rongali bihu, but there are no restrictions on its use by married women. 
Honestly I just love all of the intricate designs and patterns. I have been drawing these designs for many years now and it is a zen like experience for me to get lost while drawing these.