Mehandi has been a part of India and the neighboring countries for ages and has gained so much popularity that the demand for it has crossed many borders. In western cultures, it is often referred to as henna and many of the westerners apply it like a tattoo on their bodies. With so many people trying their hands on henna, it gotta have some sort of variations. And so, in this article, we will talk about those variations in Indian and Pakistani Mehandi designs.
Just like in India, Pakistani mehndi designs are an emblem of art, culture, tradition, and celebration. However, these two countries have different styles of Mehandi. While the Indian Mehandi designs are mostly done in intricate patterns, Pakistani Mehandi is generally bold. Black henna is more in trend rather than the brown one. One can easily distinguish the Arabic Mehandi from Indian Mehandi but the Pakistani Mehandi is a combination of both these styles. Pakistani Mehandi is the best of both worlds. Just like in India, every bride in Pakistan adorns her hands and feet with beautiful henna patterns, considered to be super auspicious, on her D-Day. Besides weddings, henna is also applied on other occasions like eid. The patterns may vary but the significance remains the same. While in western countries, getting a henna tattoo is more of a fashion statement, in countries like Indian and Pakistan it has deep cultural significance. Not only are they so beautiful that they will leave you gasping for more, but they are also considered to be pure. Hence, Pakistani Mehandi designs are fit for several occasions.
Pakistani Mehandi designs are so easy that you can try and do it on your own with a little practice. However, you need the skills to perfect the intricate patterns. This kind of design has more intricate motifs and because of this, you can play around with different fashion trends according to your liking. Besides the usual paisley, peacock, dot work, and mango designs, you will find many other patterns that are worn by women. We have therefore created a list of beautiful Pakistani Mehandi designs that would make you wanna book an appointment right away!
1. Pakistani Motif Designs
The central motif here is the paisley and domes which gives the whole design a royal and regal look. The intricate patterns are extremely beautiful and the decision to choose identical patterns for both legs and hands is superb. A design like this is complex and would take hours to make.
2. Simple Flower Designs
This is an extremely simple floral pattern design that is quite popular in Pakistan. It might seem a bit minimalistic but it is elegant. You can add more details to make the design a bit more complex, however, the spacing gives it a neat look. I like how the chakras have been added to the patterns as a central motif. You might want to wear it with a delicate garment like an Anarkali suit or a lehenga.
3. Bold Mehandi Designs
This design is complex because it contains too many elements. You can see a chakra forming as soon as both the hands come together in unison. A heavy design like this suits best for some traditional function when yo9u are all dressed up. You might wanna exchange or add other motifs in exchange for these to enhance or personalize your design.
4. Finger Mehandi Designs
This design is pretty ornamental and with a design like this, you will probably want to ditch your finger rings. It is a simple design but you would require precision because the strokes are not really that bold. Sometimes you do not really need your full hand covered in henna and you can go for something minimal. Designs like these are great for small functions or in fact, they will suit well with your casual wear too. It is quite chic.
5. Heart and Leaves Mehandi
It might seem like too many leaves in this design but really, what are too many leaves in a Mehandi design, though? What I like the most is the heart-shaped thing in the middle of the design which looks totally amazing. You do not really need to have this kind of design only at weddings because it is uber cute and can be worn out with casuals too. Looking at it, the design is quite repetitive and you may not need to struggle hard to perfect this one. It is easy and one does not really need much precision. Although it will look great on casual occasions.
6. Line of Mandalas
A Mehandi design like this is quite different because it consists of three mandalas and if you would see closely, you will notice that the size of the mandala decrease as you go further up. This is good if you want to wear it at some reception party and might even look good as you step out in your casual wear. The intricate design would need patience and time to come out beautifully and you can enhance the look by adding some glitters of gemstones to it.
7. Leaves and meshwork Mehandi Design
This is the sort of design that is focused on a single motif, in this case, it is the leaf motif. Pakistani Mehandi designs are popular because of the dark color henna that they employ. It gives a rich and gothic look and it feels like a tattoo on your skin. The pattern looks quite elegant, so to say. This is a rich design and would suit well on a wedding occasion.
8. Curves and Shading Patterns
This design is not really traditional but rather contemporary and you can wear it for your casual parties or a casual hangout too. The design is pretty simple and involves curves and dot works. However, it still looks pretty attractive because of the unusual design. It is quite hypnotic and would look great in the hands of young girls.
9. Intricate Colorful Mehandi Designs
This design is extremely intricate and delicate. It has so many intricate patterns and motifs like the dome, hearts, flowers, leaves, meshwork, and god knows what not! It is extremely time-consuming and might get quite tedious. However, the result is worth it. The use of colors on this design is what makes the pattern so wonderful. The detailings and precision that are required in this design are worth the appreciation.
10. Pakistani Leaf Motif Mehandi Design
This is a simple dome motif design that is surrounded by pretty leaf motifs. It is great for someone who has just begun to work on Mehandi designing. The armband looks cute and chic and can be worn on any casual occasion. You do not really need an elaborate design with this one as it can work well as an ornament.
11. Floral Vines on Back
The main focus of this design is on the flowers which make the design look very stylish. It is very similar to the Arabic Mehandi designs and therefore, ample spacing has been left for a subtle touch and a hint of neatness and symmetry in the design. You can add colors if you really wish to but without the colors, it looks pretty decent.
12. Beautiful Pakistani Designs
The design starts from the middle finger which is semi-inspired from the Arabic Mehandi design. The floral theme gives it a girly vibe. I like how the design, as it goes up the fingers, gets denser. The fingers have those traditional floral patterns. They are not extremely intricate as the one you saw above, but they can work well for any traditional occasion.
13. Pakistani Arabic Mehandi
This design is very similar to one the above, however, the intensity of it is a bit on the lower side. A design like this would be perfect for any occasion. You can wear a bit of jewelry to add a little bling to the design. This would enhance the overall look.
14. Subtle Mehandi Chakra Design
This is a very subtle design as it doe not involve really bold patterns. The meshwork on the fingers is a clever way to fill in the gap and intentionally or not, it makes the design look like a lacy glove. The overall look is pretty elegant and it would be great to flaunt at all the parties you are going to attend. You can wear some subtle gemstone rings to enhance the effect of the Mehandi design.
15. Peacock Design for Hand
The flowers in the peacock are so beautifully imbibed that it looks as if the peacock and the flowers are just one. I love how the patterns inside the peacock are kept relevant to the theme working outside. It is not an overcrowded design and can be worn with any traditional dress to enhance the look.
16. Green Mehandi Design
There is no end to how far you can go to ameliorate the Mehandi designs and make them look attractive. This design is very intricate and done with precision and a set full of skills. However, the most attractive thing is the colors that they have used. The use of green and golden colors is intriguing. The addition of sparkles also enhances the look and makes it more appealing. You can club the colorful designs with some good chunky jewelry like the wearer in the picture has done.
17. Exquisite Pakistani Bridal Mehndi
This is, undoubtedly, a traditional Mehandi design. A design as complicated and intricate as this one would require a ton of patience and go through a tedious session. I like how the central part of the back of the wearer’s hand has been kept to a minimum whereas, the design has been extended to her elbow. Sufficient spacing has been given for it to look neat. It is rather a bold move to provide ample spacing because otherwise, the design would look overcrowded. Designs like these are perfect for the es.
18. V-Shaped Mehandi Design
The trademark of a Pakistani Mehandi design is that they are dark in color and have a mix of Indian and Arabic Mehandi patterns in their designs. A v-shaped Mehandi design is not something uncommon and looks pretty amazing on the back of the hand. In this design, the first V-shaped design is made near the wrist while the second one is a bit bigger in size and more towards the center of the hand. I like how the fingers have been done in the same tone. You would see that the first and the second v-shapes are joined with each other utilizing dotted trails. The remaining part of the hand is left bare to generate some clean strokes and make the design look symmetrical.
19. Dark Red Mehandi Design
We all are aware that Pakistani Mehandi is black, and what would suit better than a contrasting color? I guess red and black call for a great combination. It is extremely eye-catching and together, they look great. It is great for any traditional design. I like how the addition of jewelry has added a bling to the design.
20. Red Mehandi Design
The design in this pic looks rather like a painting on a canvass than a henna design on the skin. The shading effect and the use of a double tone look scintillating. You might notice that the red color gives a watercolor effect which looks very attractive. A lot of gaps are given in between because otherwise, the design would have look overcrowded and messy. The design is not in symmetry because it is an abstract art form. One does not really need a perfect shape for a design like this and it still somehow manages to look great.
21. Colored Mehandi Design
This is quite an elaborative Pakistani Mehandi design that extends to the elbows on the wearer. The elaborative design looks elegant because of the swirls and floral theme while the double tone effect is amazing.
22. Red Contemporary Style Mehandi Design
Nowadays, many colors can be used to apply henna to your skin. Among them, black, brown, and red are the most common ones. The design in the picture is done with dark red color and looks extremely attractive with a little bling from the jewelry.
23. Stone Studded Mehandi Design
The wearer sure wants a lot of glitz and bling in her Mehandi design and that is exactly why she chose to use stones in her Pakistani Mehandi design. Quite creative, I must say.
24. Simple Mehandi Design
This design is super simple and plain. It does not have any sort of bling or glitter to it. The swirls and trail patterns are quite basic, and yet it manages to look quite pretty.
25. Bold Mehandi Designs
The chakra design has always been a popular choice among Pakistani design patterns. The chakra in this design resembles a flower. I do really like how the fingers have been adorned too.
26. 3-D Mehandi Designs
This design is a mix of bold and intricate patterns and that created a 3-D effect for the viewer. The design is quite elaborate but a little tilted design looks quite stylish.
27. Full Arms Mehandi Designs for Brides
You can choose to get your full arms adorned in henna till your elbows but some people also dare to get it till their shoulders too! It totally depends on your comfort level.
28. Blue Mehandi Design
As I mentioned before, adding colors to your henna design is like taking the art to a whole different level. The blue color looks absolutely amazing for any occasion.
29. Beautiful Gem Stones Designs
The floral patterns in this Pakistani Mehandi design look absolutely flattering. I like how the outline of the Mehandi has been one with a darker shade as compared to the color on the inside. Moreover, the addition of the gemstones adds bling to it.
30. Pretty Stone Designs
This design is very simple with a beautiful and elegant floral chakra in the middle and the elegance of gemstones that adds to the glitz. This Pakistani Mehandi design is sure to make you awestruck. The bride has got both her hands and feet in a similar theme which is probably a great idea.
31. Pink Glitter Mehandi Design
The pink glitter effect does not only make the design glimmering but also a bit feminine. You can make out that it is therefore very popular among the girls. The patterns, otherwise, are very common.
32. Blue Glitter Flower Themed Mehandi Design
This Mehandi design looks very stylish and chic because of the addition of a glittery blue color. This contemporary Pakistani Mehandi design can be flaunted on various occasions.
33. Mehandi Design Popular in Pakistan
This design is very elaborative and done in the style of Arabic Mehandi. The patterns are pretty common like the peacock and floral elements.
34. Detailed Floral Motif For Hands
The patterns here are an amalgamation of bold and intricate. There are a ton of motifs that have been used to arrive at such a unique Pakistani Mehandi design. Although the motifs are common, they are pretty easy to make.
35. Traditional Pakistani Mehandi Designs
This design seems to be ready for the wedding day. The patterns are filled with intricate motifs but the spacing in between gives a neat look. The fingers have been decorated pretty well too.
36. Pakistani Bride and Groom Mehandi Designs
This design is very appropriate for a bride because of the bride and groom motif right in the middle of each hand. The rest of the hand is done with great precision using mostly floral and leaf motifs. The whole design looks very neat and symmetrical.
37. Intricate Pakistani Mehandi Designs
This design screams perfection as you look at it. It is perfectly symmetrical and looks very neat. You might need some serious professional help if you are looking for something like this. I like how the end of the arms is decorated with a giant chakra design which looks pretty regal.
38. Couple Mehandi Design
On both hands, you can notice a caricature of the bride and the groom. This is perfect for any D-day. The rest of the motifs include structures like the dome, meshwork, and hearts. It is quite overwhelming.
39. Delicate Pakistani Mehandi Designs
This design is super subtle, I must say. It is definitely done with a lot of precision. Regardless of all, this design is truly inspired by the Arabic Mehandi pattern. Extreme fine lines have been used to create such a delicate pattern.
40. Feminine Patterns
This wearer has had two different kinds of design on each hand which gives a unique effect. However, both of them floral themes. While one hand has a more traditional look, the other one is done in Arabic style.
41. Elaborate Pakistani Mehandi Designs
This design might quickly attract the young one because it is quite elegant and girly to look at. It comprises a lot of subtle motifs like the floral and the leaves. The designer has left ample space and has avoided the overcrowding of the hand. The half chakras near the wrist connect the two designs and add to the overall look. It also bridges the gap between the traditional and contemporary.
42. Pakistani Mehandi Design on Feet
This design is the epitome of symmetry. It is so precise that it seems to be done not by a person but by a machine. It is perfect for the brides who love to go floral. Both the feet joined together to look like a complete whole. I especially like the beaded trail that follows the design.
43. Feet and Hand Combo
These feet and hand combinations look superb. The designs are not too because bolder strokes have not been used much. The hand design has two chakras on the top while the chakras form the central design for the feet. The designs look very elegant.
44. Elaborate Feet Mehandi Design for Brides
This design is super elaborate for the feet. There are numerous Pakistani Mehandi designs for the feet that will make you awestruck for sure. It is a very intricate pattern and shows great symmetry. Among the motifs, the meshwork, domes, and dot work resonate the best. It also comprises common motifs like the flower and leaf motifs.
45. Fingers and Wrist Mehandi
You do not really need to fill in your whole hand for the festival season when you can just decorate your wrist and your fingers. In fact, decorating only your wrist and fingers is quite ornamental and you might not really need to wear any jewels after these kinds of designs.
46. Symmetrical Peacock Design
Did you notice the peacock right in the center of the design? Peacocks are not only royal but also considered to be the most auspicious birds, especially for weddings.
47. Identical Feet Design
I love these feet designs because they are very traditional. The best thing about it is the two peacocks facing the opposite direction on the top and forming a beautiful pattern.
48. Central Floral Designs
This is a half-hand design and a lot of space has been provided in the design to avoid over-complications and allow for a certain neatness in the pattern.
49. Heart and Flower on Feet
For any bride, hearts and flowers are always on the go and this design provides just the deal. The patterns are not complicated and rather quite straightforward.
50. Traditional Beauty Design
This design is far from being traditional and is mostly inspired by western ideas. It can also work great as a tattoo design for casual occasions.
51. Bangle Design Floral Mehandi
This one is pretty artsy. I like how the crescent design in each hand comes together to make a whole circle. It can also be symbolic of the totality of life, the living state, and the state of death. The floral motifs are amazingly done and very intricate. I like how the fingers have an intricate pattern too. Because of all the intricacy, it is important to leave ample space for a little neatness. This is a perfect Pakistani Mehandi design idea for you.
52. Studded With Stones
On occasions like weddings or some great big festivity, no amount of glitter and glam is too much. And that is exactly what we have tried to do with this design. The addition of little gems adds to the whole glam factor and levels up your henna game. The style is inspired by Arabic Mehandi designs while the patterns and motifs are immensely taken from the traditional Pakistani Mehandi designs.
53. Mixed With Jewelry
Just like adding stones and studs to your henna design, you can also add your jewelry so that it looks like an extension of the henna pattern or vice versa. The colorful gems would add a lot of sparkle and glamour to your intricate Pakistani Mehandi design and make it look even more wonderful. Here, the bride has added a beautiful green hand bracelet.
54. Eid Mehandi Designs for Women
This design is extremely unique and could prove to be a center of attraction for the young girls out there. Although I don’t really think it would be a great design for weddings, it sure is awesome for festivities like Eid or Diwali. The design is quite ornamental so you are now free of wearing any extra jewels.
55. Shaded Flower Designs
Shading is one such technique that is truly inspired by the Pakistani Designs of Mehandi. It obviously enhances the creativity and the overall look of the Mehandi design. The flower patterns are filled with shading made from intricate strokes. It does make the whole design light up and animates the motifs. It definitely looks fantastic and you can also add different colors to it to enhance the look.
56. Elegant Pakistani Mehandi Design
This design is pretty elegant and that is exactly how people like it nowadays. Today, women prefer more minimalistic designs rather than traditional designs which also look a bit overcrowded on the hands. Sometimes, they just like to get their fingers and wrist beautified with henna and they leave the rest of the area bare. The motifs are still quite traditional but there’s no end to innovation, is there?
57. Beautiful Arabic Mehandi Design
Apparently, this Pakistani Mehandi design is definitely inspired by the Arabic Mehandi design. The trail of flowers, paisley, and leaves begins from the index finger and ends a little farther away from the wrist. I like how instead of the tips of the finger being filled with henna is done with sweet flowers.
58. Creative Mehandi Design
It totally feels like that this design is a ring rather than a henna. It is one of the most unique designs of the Pakistani Mehandi design collection in this article. One can be as creative as one can be and innovate with different kinds of styles.
59. Bracelet Work Mehandi Design
This Mehandi work is not only feminine but looks quite bold because of the strong patterns that are being employed. While the fingers have a strong floral theme going on, the wrist bracelet design comprises beachy waves and swirls that complete the look. The thickness of the strokes is done with precision and professionalism hence rendering a picture-perfect design.
60. Delicate and Intricate Mehandi Design
All the Pakistani Dulhan mehndi designs are absolutely stunning and that’s probably because the combination of different strokes is quite amusing. All this might be a work of precision but the result is absolutely gorgeous and charming. The design might be that of the simple chakra but a lot of effort has been put behind the intricate patterns that are employed to be filled inside it.
61. Incomplete Heart Mehandi Design
This Pakistani Mehandi design comprises two half hearts on each hand that join together and form the complete design only when the hands are brought closer together. There are many intricate patterns too in this design that completes the look. If you see carefully, you might notice the top of each design adorned with a pair of peacocks and that of the bride and groom. It’s pretty sweet.
62. Simply Beautiful Pakistani Mehandi Design
Not much can be said about this design because it is very simple and still somehow manages to look elegant. I am guessing that’s all the magic of the floral motifs which can make any design look subtle. The rest depends on the kinds of strokes that are used.
63. Jewelry Inspired Pakistani Mehndi Look
This design looks like a beautifully carved lacy glove that is so popular since the Victorian age. It does give a very subtle regal vibe. I wonder what would the addition of gems do! The design could look prettier with the glam factor being added to it.