I think it's pretty. I had my belly hennaed when I was pregnant, which was a lovely experience. I wouldn't get my hands done like that because I don't have the time (you need to keep it on for quite a while for the colour to set properly). I gather it's traditionally done for weddings, when the bride not doing any work with her hands prior to the ceremony is part of the point.
Oh, no! She smudged her pinkie! I think it's beautiful, otherwise. I would definitely have something like this done. I did actually, a few years ago. My husband's grandfather thought it was permanent and told me not to sit next to him at church. It was hilarious!
I think that this is an utterly and absolutely GORGEOUS artform,though for my gardening lifestyle,rather impractical!! I appreciate all manner of different art styles and this one is truly stunning! I also believe that the process of having such intricate work applied would be a very relaxing experience.
I had this done in January for a wedding in India. It can be beautiful. When it was done we had to leave it to set for about an hour, in which time our husbands are supposed to feed us and give us drinks. The colour continues to darken over the next week. The indian family I was with told me that the darker the henna the more your partner loves you. The men got their wives initials on their hands so they could also see the prediction. I think it looks best on young hands but even very elderly ladies or female children had it done.
I wouldn't be likely to do it again unless I was at another Indian wedding.
I had my hands hennaed at a nephew's wedding in India, 2 or 3 years ago, when he married a lovely Indian girl. It was on the 1st night of the 3 night wedding. I think it looks beautiful. It only lasts 6 or 7 days. My eldest granddaughter, who was 4 at the time, had it done at her pre-school, & cried, when it smudged a bit, because she hadn't waited for it to dry properly!