Khafif Mehndi Designs - 15 Inspired Tattoos For You

Khafif Mehndi Designs: In days of yore, the utterance of the word mehndi carried with it certain definite and well set connotations. In India, the word depicted an ancient art of henna application of a certain style used in certain spheres and rituals at a defined time. Today, no such single meaning can be attributed to the word mehndi. There are a number of definitions and styles worldwide that mehndi has come to represent, and a delicate khafif mehndi design is one among them. The word in itself is Arabic for ‘intricate’ or bareek as Hindi speakers would call it. Despite its Arabic origins, khafif mehndi designs have, true to the nature of mehndi, come to diversify from their Arabic origins and represent a style that is unique in and to it, taking up its own little space under the umbrella that is used to describe the collective art of mehndi in general.

And while these designs are intricate, as the word implies, they are not to be confused with ‘full hand’ mehndi designs nor are they to be shoehorned into a ‘mehndi for formal occasions’ collective. These designs can be and are used for everything from weddings to fun get-togethers with friends and family. With that said, let’s jump into some delightfully detailed and exquisite khafif mehndi designs that are the ultimate embellishments for your hands and feet.

1. Geometric Goodness

Khafif Mehndi Designs - Geometric Goodness

We’ll start things off with this perfectly symmetrical and beautifully intricate design. Notice how the series of diamond shapes make up the design on the palm, after which they are joined by a series of gorgeous vines on the fingers and a bajuband vine on the wrist that is topped off by a flower. All the various elements at play in this design combine beautifully to produce an overall design that is very appealing, detailed, and not frightfully hard to execute.

2. Patterns Galore

Khafif Mehndi Design Images - Patterns Galore

This highly unconventional design is one of the hardest and most time-consuming on the list, but the end result, as you can very well make out, is truly something special. Inspired by flora and fauna, this khafif mehndi design takes detail to a whole new level. Gorgeous and intricate patterns that weave and combine on your skin and make use of highly technical and fine henna application techniques is just what is on display here. And if you have a skilled mehndi artist and the time, you can’t really go wrong with this one.

3. Technical Ecstasy

Technical Ecstasy - Khafif Mehndi Design

There are two things that jump out at you at first glance. One is the high level of detail—this design is as intricate as it can get—and the other is the fact that the overall lustre of the design is influenced by how clean the design looks overall, despite its high level of detail. For those who would oft prefer to go with a less detailed, intricate or bareek design as it were, would be pleasantly surprised that they can achieve a similar clean look with a highly detailed and Stylish Mehndi Design, given the right textures are at play, and the skill of the mehndi artist of course.

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4. Khafif Mehndi Design Like Clockwork

Like Clockwork - Khafif Mehndi Design

What’s really striking about this khafif mehndi design is the excellent use of space. While the circular pattern right on the back of the hand is chock-full of detail, it never seems excessively detailed or heavy because of the clean patterns that surround it—the dots at the base of the fingers and the bajuband mesh pattern on the wrist—that serve to achieve a nice balance to the overall feel of the design. The peacock flourish right up top is a nice touch and along with the unique patterns on the fingers, completes the look of this excellent design.

5. Gujarati Greatness

Gujarati Greatness - Khafif Mehndi Design

As unique as any design you’re likely to find on this list (or any other), this Guajarati khafif mehndi design is truly gorgeous. Making use of highly contemporary and abstract patterns, this khafif design manages a look that is both something fresh, and not too out of the ordinary to wear to a traditional event or gathering. All the major motifs in the design are surrounded by a thin layer of clean space, which adds a welcome emphasis and is an excellent accentuating method. Other design elements like the solitary straight line running across the arm behind the wrist, or how the design on the index finger is different from the design on the rest of the fingers are the sort of details that make for a most excellent overall khafif mehndi design.

6. Khafif Mehndi Designs Photos – Flowers For Fabulous Feet

Flowers For Fabulous Feet - Khafif Mehndi Design

This stunning henna design for bride features a beautiful vine of flowers running down each leg onto the foot, in a symmetrical layout. The vine is surrounded by a very minimal dotted arrangement and smaller vines for each of the toes of the feet. The excellent contrast of the highly detailed vine and flowers works with the clean look of the dotted pattern to create this khafif mehendi design that works ever so well in accentuating the beauty of the feet onto a whole new level. And as the picture depicts, this design works particularly well with black nail polish.

7. Majestic Mesh – Khafif Mehndi Designs

Majestic Mesh - Khafif Mehndi Design

This awe-inspiring design is way more detailed than how it first appears. Also, it is not as easy to replicate as one would like. The mesh pattern makes another appearance here, to devastating effect, with the squarely block coloured fingertips making a nice contrast to the beautiful pattern on the rest of the fingers. The thumb, with its meshed (not solid coloured) tip, as well as the vines that connect the design on the palm are nice touches that add to the overall intricacy of the design. However, it is the palm where the gorgeous netting shines the most as it fills out the spade at the base of the hand. The rest of the intricate patterns on the palm as well as the overall look of the design make it one of the most eye-catching khafif mehndi designs on our list.

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8. Measured Intricacy

Measured Intricacy - Khafif Mehndi Design

Symmetry and wonderful use of contexts and spaces is the name of the game here. Right from the bajuband architectural pattern on the wrist and its flourish to the symmetric (relative to the other hand) design that extends to the base of the index and middle fingers, it is truly a sight to behold. Although not evident at first look to all but the most discerning eyes, the patterns on both the hands, though similar in shape, are filled out with designs of various textures and styles, similar to the approach taken for the intricate patterns on the index and middle fingers. The reserved use of dots also adds a bit of oomph to this excellent design.

9. Back To the Basics

Back To The Basics - Khafif Mehndi Design

Khafif mehndi designs don’t have to be restricted to just the hands or the feet, as this gorgeous design done on the upper back shows. This design at its core incorporates two elements – a high level of detail and an adherence to traditional mehndi designs and textures. The result is an awe-inspiring design that is sure to make jaws drop as you show it off with your favourite blouse. This is one design to really choose the time and place for.

10. Peacock Delight

Peacock Delight - Khafif Mehndi Design

Apart from being the national bird of India, the peacock is in itself a very attractive bird and a common motif for mehndi designs across the world, especially in India. This is one of those intricate designs that feature a peacock as its centrepiece, and it does work well overall. Right from the fingertips down to the middle of the arm, where the Xs and dots decidedly and rather uniquely bring the design to an end, the stylistic elements and patterns used are in sync with the overall philosophy of the design, and indeed the peacock. Proof that exquisite detailing need not be limited to thin and various lines, this design is a stunning example of exquisite mehndi in the khafif fashion.

11. Khafif Mehndi Design Floral Magic

Floral Magic - Khafif Mehndi Design

The bajuband cuff up the arm is about the only ‘standard’ part of this design. Relinquishing set cues and design elements, this is a khafif mehndi pattern that achieves a minimalistic overall look with the use of the highly detailed and intricate flowers that make up most of the design. A design for those who want detail, but something unconventional and not too hard to apply, this is the perfect design for a girls’ night out.

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12. Back Body Art

Back Body Art - Khafif Mehndi Design

Another fine example of the khafif tradition, this henna tattoo for the back involves highly detailed and intricate work that for the most part is fitted in between two lines that run side by side. The result is a beautiful and complex pattern that retains lightness, and as such can be used on the back without looking overly complicated. The use of glitter and rhinestones only adds to its allure and makes it one of the most beautiful designs for the back that you are likely to find.

13. Traditionally Modern

Traditionally Modern - Khafif Mehndi Design

A quick word of warning, this design is not the ideal choice for those with limited amount of time and patience! With that out of the way, let us just say that this is one of the most intricate khafif mehndi designs that manages to marry the traditional and the contemporary so well. Right from the delicate pattern surrounding the nails, to the unique take on the bajuband cuff at the wrist, the delicate patterns and exquisite detailing on this design really shines through. The symmetry of the central design as well as the almost needle-like precision on the fingers makes this an altogether jaw-droppingly detailed khafif mehndi design.

14. Moroccan Magic

Moroccan Magic - Khafif Mehndi Design

To say that khafif mehndi designs (if not all mehndi designs) come in a huge variety of styles, shapes and patterns, would be an understatement. But it is very refreshing to see a design that is as unique as this one. Representing Moroccan tiles, this fabulously detailed design pattern retains a certain Arabic charm while bringing something completely new to the table. The design elements at play here, as well as the overall nude skin and the highly detailed pattern paradigm make for a design that is on the whole very pleasing to the eye, both for the wearer and the beholder. This is one of those highly different designs that look right at home when paired with any western clothing as well.

15. Mehndi Magnificence

Mehndi Magnificence - Khafif Mehndi Design

Perhaps the best example on this list of how attaining a gorgeous khafif mehndi design is all about balancing the intricate as well as the clean, this is a most stunning khafif mehndi design that is perfectly symmetrical with each hand being a mirror of the other. The exquisite, breathtaking level of detail, the use of textures and styles, as well as the perfect placement of each of the elements (note how the flower from the middle finger carries over onto the ring finger) all make for what is, in our opinion, the perfect way to finish off this list.

So there you have it, 15 magnificent mehndi designs that all have at their heart an emphasis on the khafif mehndi design tradition. Whether you’re looking for something that works for the more formal occasion, or looking at a beautiful, intricate henna tattoo for the next informal get-together you’re planning, or if you’re looking for a full cover design, or even patterns that leave gaps and unembellished skin for contrast, we think that you’ll have found something that exactly suits your style and taste.

If you do decide to go with one of these designs, or get inspired by them to create your own, or even if you go with something entirely different and end up loving it (or hating it), do share with us your experiences in the comments section below, and we’ll get back to you on that in a flash. And most of all, happy henna-ing!

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