Henna designs called marthaani in Tamil or mehndi in Hindi have been part of hand and feet design for Indian brides from time immemorial.
The beautiful patterns drawn using a dye with known health benefits made from the crushed leaves of the henna plant are reddish and enhance the bride’s soft feminine features.
The henna design gives the golden jewellery and colourful saree won by the bride greater elegance and shine.
Nowadays the henna design is won by young women and children for all joyful occasions.
Photograph by Kiran Mitran.