Mehndi is a custom in India (and some other parts of Asia and Africa) that has been handed down over centuries. It is the traditional art of painting hands and feet with a paste of dried, powdered leaves of the henna plant mixed with water and is typically applied by women during weddings and festivals.
Mehndi designs tend to be a combination of floral and geometric motifs- paisley (ambi), straight lines, scallop lines, dots, tear-drops, basic leaf and floral shapes etc. Both symbolic and artistic these patterns are a fascinating art form on their own.
Lai's Mehndi collection has been inspired from the traditional body of mehndi motifs- interpreted and adapted for contemporary urban wear. The black rhodium plated (rhodium is the rarest of all metals used in jewellery and can cost as much as 10 times the price of gold) mehndi motifs have been juxtaposed on the serene background of matt finish silver giving the pieces an exotic yet familiar feel.
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