our Henna Inspired Candles
Henna, from the Henna plant, has been used for
beautification purposes for centuries and in many
cultures, particularly in the Middle East and Far
East. The most common use for henna is for dying
hair and adorning women's bodies as part of
social and holiday celebrations.
The application of Henna designs to the body,
called Mehndi, is traditionally practiced all
over the world, primarily in South Asia, the
Middle East, and North Africa. This custom
includes engagements and weddings. Before the
wedding, a Night of Henna a
celebration to bless the bride and groom and the
marriage. Much like a bachelorette party the
bride's female friends and relatives join her in
celebrating, which includes food, drinks, and a
lot of dancing. A Mehndi artist decorates the
bride, her guests and the groom.
Beautiful and intricate designs are hand painted
on to the brides hands and feet which often
extends up to the palms and legs. The
grooms initials are hidden in the Mehndi
and he tries to find them on the wedding night.
Grooms often have merely the initials of his
bride and himself. Frequently symbols of
fertility and love such as peacocks and hearts
are integrated into the elaborate paisley
Paisley or Paisley Pattern?
The paisley motif originated in Kashmir India. A
droplet-shaped vegetable motif and a fertility
symbol based on the new shoot of a date palm. The
motif is most well known for its use on Kashmiri
shawls. The design found its way to England in
the 1760s where copies of the original Kashmiri
shawls were made in the Scottish weaving centre
of Paisley. Hence the use of the Anglo-Saxon term
paisley. In India the motif is known as kairy
(mango) and buta (floral form) and in Kashmir it
is kalanga or kalga. The pattern is sometimes
called "Persian pickles" by American
traditionalists, especially quilt-makers, or
"Welsh pears" in Welsh textiles as far
back as 1888.
Henna Inspired Candles
As an artist from the 60's I've always loved and
doodled the intricate patterns of paisley - so
Mehndi, the art of decorating skin with these
same happy patterns fascinated me. As a candle
maker I'm inspired to incorporate my love of
paisley and candles...I hope you enjoy them, too.
These custom made, hand painted candles, inspired
by the traditional art of Mehndi (Henna), blended
with our own artistic expressions. Featuring the
vibrant rich colors of India and wonderful
intricate Henna patterns of paisley, mandalas,
flowers, butterflies, hearts, owls...with more
designs coming. We welcome requests - if you have
somethign in mind please Contact Us.
Each candle is truly unique, one-of-a-kind and a
fascinating work of art. A gift anyone would
^ Candle is made of white or ivory transculent
UNscented paraffin pillar wax with all-cotton
^ Each candle is hand painted and in a variety of
colors in a raised 3D pattern.
^ Candles may be bedazzled with rhinetones,
sequins or pearl beads (which are for display
purposes only, not intiended for burning - so
please specify when ordering.
^ Each candle is sealed with a non toxic, non
flammable sealer to give the candle a lustre and
^ No two candles will be exactly alike since
they're hand painted. The pattern will be the
same but there may be a variation in colors.
^ Available in various sizes as shown below
including 2x2, 2x3, 3x3, 3x4, 3x6, and 3x9
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