Mehndhi (or mehndi) is a style of skin art traditionally worn by Indian and Pakistani brides as well as their bridal party. In some communities even the groom will join in too. The beautifully complicated designs are painted onto hands, fingers and feet using henna (a plant based paste) which is left to dry.
Western brides haven’t really picked up on the style, instead it’s occasionally used to create temporary tattoos. You can found a variety of traditional and modern styles here. Also read about the history of mehndhi here and here. If you know more about the origins of mehndhi, do tell us in the comments too.
Pic via Mehndhi artists Raisa.