Mehndi artists earning thousands, ahead of Eid

Mehndi artists in twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi are earning thousands of rupees a day by applying beautiful “mehndi” designs on the hands of women, girls and even babies.

Women and girls are approaching Leading beauty parlours or roadside makeshift stall of a mehndi artist to have the best designs on their hands at any rate on the eve of Eid.

Many mehndi artists from the far-flung areas of the country have also appeared in the twin cities’ markets and established their stalls in front of shops for applying mehndi. Their charges are nominal as compared to those in beauty parlours.

Aliya and her sister hail from a village of Gujrat and have set up a makeshift stall in Commercial Market after agreeing to pay Rs 3,000 to a shopkeeper, who has allowed them to put three chairs, a table and a banner outside his shop for a week.

She said, “We willing giving a few rupees to him (shopkeeper) as his shop is at a perfect location. If all goes well, we expect to earn Rs 15000 to Rs 20,000 till Chand Raat.”

The rates of applying mehndi vary from design to design. “The rate of a single vine starts from Rs 50, for the full hand we are charging Rs 300, while the rates are Rs 600 for both hands, “Fauzia informed.

Saira Ali who was present at a mehndi stall with her husband said, “The craze of decorating hands with mehndi on this occasion always remains among girls as well as women, but as the festival is approaching nearer, the mehndi artists have also increased their rates because of the great rush.

“However, nobody is paying heed towards this issue as it is an occasion of happiness”, quipped a mehndi designer.