By Stefanie Iris Weiss
Discusses the religious elements and useful purposes of mehndi, the perform of portray designs at the physique with henna, in addition to a few of the designs regularly occurring.
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These designs were often painted on widows who jumped on funeral pyres to die with their husbands. As you create your own designs, you can learn about these images and make them your own. This process of appropriation is used by artists to make new meaning from ancient symbols. Appropriating the lahariya symbol would mean using it to symbolize something positive and something meaningful to Page 44 you. Perhaps you are mourning a relationship but know you would never give up your life for a boyfriend or girlfriend.
Have you seen Indian women wearing bindis? They are small jewels or dots of makeup worn in the center of the forehead to symbolize the opening of the third eye. (They have grown supertrendy over the past few years in the United States. ) The bindu is a point of Supreme Reality for Hindus. It is the place where everything begins and ends. You will always start your designs from the bija. That just means you are starting from the beginning. Some of the basic forms you will use are the line (rekha) and the angle (kona).
There were no microscopes in ancient times, but perhaps the makers of mehndi intuitively knew what they were painting. There are certain basic forms that you should know before you move into the more complex designs. Page 38 Above are some basics shapes you can use when painting mehndi. According to the texts of ancient India, all reality grows from the bija (kernel or seed). Have you seen Indian women wearing bindis? They are small jewels or dots of makeup worn in the center of the forehead to symbolize the opening of the third eye.