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In South Asia, Southwest Asia and North America Mehndi (or Mehandi, Mehendi) is the use of henna as a temporary decoration on the skin. It spread in the west in the 20th century and is sometimes called henna tattoo.

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Henna is used on special occasions such as weddings and feasts. Usually the henna patterns are applied on the palms and feet on which it seems darker than on any other parts of the body. Originally it served as a decoration for the bride. In India patterns are subtle, diverse and extremely detailed. Much plainer forms can be found for example in North Africa: primarily geometrical motifs.
A religious aspect appears in the skin painting ritual and in the meaning of henna, ‘the blessed one’.

In Algeria, henna patterns vary from one another, at wedding ceremonies a patch is placed on the bride’s palm, whereas only a finger is decorated on the groom’s hand. During the ritual a mirror is held behind the pair so they are protected from ‘evil eye’. Another well-known type of henna is the hurquus, which is the so-called black henna. Tar is also spread in Algeria and its colour is pitch-black whereas the henna colours vary from red to dark brown.

A personal anecdote is connected with henna for me: when I was travelling in Algeria I found that the locals used more simple decorations. Therefore when they noticed the hurquus on my hand they came one after the other asking me to paint the same pattern on their hands.

Even though I was up all night painting the local’s palms, I was delighted to do it as much as I enjoy ‘wearing’ it.

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