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Photo from Yook Sook Park
I was so excited because it was the first time ever in my entire life that I had my hands painted. It took almost two hours to finish the painting.

displaying the hand paintings
Photo from Yook Sook Park
Most brides in India have their hands painted on their wedding eve. By doing that, they follow an old Indian custom. It looks very nice and makes the bride look more beautiful.

 


Mahndi, Hand
Painting in India

Yook Sook Park
from Korea

When I got married in India, I got my hands painted. This is a custom which is called Mahndi in the Indian language. I was so excited because it was the first time ever in my entire life that I had my hands painted. It took almost two hours to finish the painting. Prior to that, I had held a very stereotyped, negative opinion about body painting, but now my opinion has changed. I realize through my experience that body painting on special parts of the body can be very enjoyable.

According to my mother-in-law, who is Indian, most brides in India have their hands painted on their wedding eve. By doing that, they follow an old Indian custom. It looks very nice and makes the bride look more beautiful. Once painted, the Mahndi, lasts typically for two weeks. If a young woman has her hands painted. Indians

 


wedding photo
Photo from Yook Sook Park
A pattern of red tints remains.

understand she has just gotten married and congratulate her on her wedding.

The painting medium is a henna paste that is squeezed onto the skin with an applicator that looks like a small pastry tube. This leaves dark blue scrolls on the skin. They are left on the skin until the design is set, usually overnight. Then it is flaked away and leaves a stained pattern of red tints on the skin. The red tints range from orange to deep red. The designs that I got painted on my hands looked like ancient patterns, leaves or flowers, but I don't know exactly what the designs represented.


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