Henna bridal traditions

Henna is  regarded as having “Barakah,” blessings, and was traditionally applied for luck as well celebration and beauty (Westermarck, 1926). Today the trend of “Bridal Mehndi” continues in areas where henna grows and where diasporas from such countries settle. As henna powder production improves, patterns become more complex and elaborate.  Many brides also choose to have their henna patterns accentuated with glitter, gilding, stick on jewels.

Henna as a Business

Traditionally, in India, henna artists were attributed to the Nai caste, and in other countries, attributed to the barbering castes (lower social classes). However, nowadays, talented henna artists are in high demand and can command high fees and kudos for their work. In some countries where female employment is discouraged, women can work together in the socially acceptable business of henna, decorating customers for Eids, Diwali and Karva Chauth, as well as  providing services to large weddings where guests as well as the bride and groom. will be hennaed.

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