By Neelam Jain Last Updated:
Nothing identifies the culture and ethnicity of Mughals as strongly and gracefully as the art of mehendi. The henna practise in Mughal era defines opulence, creativity, majesty and lavishness. In fact, Mughal mehendi is the oldest form and was introduced to India during 12th century AD when Muslims came in the sub-continent Asia.
Mughal-inspired mehendi can be described as artful, magnificent and heavy with small and detailed designs. Intricate curves, slanting lines, droplets, curls, dots and flowers are what stand unique to the Mughal motifs. However, with the passage of time, the style keeps evolving as per the contemporary and modern taste. Let’s have a look at a few of the Mughlai mehendi designs that you can flaunt your hands with on your D-day.
The high-on-wrist mehendi design looks quintessential and is considered to be the ‘in thing’ in fashion. You can go for flowery bracelets or the motifs like stars, moon and castles to have that rich and fabulous Mughal effect to your wrists.
The popular and feminine peacock incurs endless amount of attention when it comes to decorating the hands with henna. This bird motif is the oldest and yet the most amazing option to have that ethnic grace and spark up your fashion statement.
Girl's obsession with pearly drops, dots and oval-shaped petals are never ending. The small circular or droplets looks flawless and are one of the typical choices to increase the beauty of the ethnic mehendi.
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The swirly-twirly paisleys have always been the king of style and trends. The nature-inspired flower motifs too are very much vintage and one of the oldest forms from the graphics Mughals that used to accentuate their mehendi art. We know you too can nail the look very nicely with the paisleys and flowers blooming on your hands.
You can well represent the music and the passion of the Mughal era through the dhol motif on your hand. The instrument crafted on your palms will look interesting and cultural too. Also, the scene of the bride in a palanquin (doli) or just a doli can stand symbolic to the traditions of Mughals.
Age old trend of heavy and traditional mehendi surely makes an impact. Go for the conventional ones like the detailed architectural design that you can relate to any Mughal empire or palace, intrigued floral patterns, tapestry and chequered motifs. The rich and intricate patterns will help you achieve the mesmerising bridal look.
Adorning your foot makes your mehendi experience more creative. Isn’t it? In fact, it is an inseparable part of any henna art. The patterns encircling your toes, ankles and even soles of your foot offers an attractive and pretty look. The geometric designs, gol teekas and the creeper (bell) make your feet look ornamental and tinted.
The spirals and curves were often arranged as a central focus to a henna design. The hands looks jazzed up with the intermittent circles or curvy lines. These are a little twisted and unique mehendi patterns. The little swirls (also called jalebi pattern) thrown in for fun will look experimental and edgy to flaunt at your ceremony.
You can give a break to the monotony by going light with your mehendi. Those who do not wish to fill their hands with heavy detailing can go for smart and small designs. You can keep the outline of your mehendi pattern dark and prominent and cover the inside with thin lines or boxes. You can add colour to it to make it more attractive.
The raja and rani motifs are an amazing artwork to have as a focal point of your henna art. The two faces are symbolic to the soon-to-be married couple and is one of the must-have patterns for every bride and groom. It makes the hands look traditional and decorated without going unnoticed for sure.
If you love the transition and want to give the dramatic effect to your mehendi; here is what you need to do. Infuse your own mood and personality with the designs of your choice. The depiction of a groom and bride all set for the garland exchange, the religious shloks (mantras) or the auspicious Lord Ganesha will look traditional as well as the clear style-winner when it comes to the personalised mehendi art.
The ethereal Mughal henna art originated thousands of years back and is still going popular and strong among the women. Each and every woman wants to transcend the heritage henna on their hands for any big celebration which is coming up. If you too are looking for a refreshing change; you can go for these captivating yet peppy patterns for your hands.