All us ladies are looking even more adorned this morning after a mammoth mehndi session last night.  There were two mehndi artists, one of whom spent four hours on the artwork on the brides hands!  Designs were chosen from an array of photos online and then copied with close scrutiny on the smartphone  Hope you enjoy the photos.

First up is the bride’s pedicure – Newari style.

The end result of Nikita’s special design for her wedding day.  It was worth the long hours, don’t you think?  So intricate.

Aw shucks - the couple's names xx

Aw shucks – the couple’s names xx

Here’s a slideshow of how Nikita’s beautiful designs came to be.

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Designs from others attending the mehndi party.

Doing it for yourself!

Doing it for yourself!  Design being closely followed from her smartphone.

The westerners didn’t do too badly either.  Photo credit Cathy Stevenson.

It’s a cold but sunny morning this morning as we ready ourselves for the bride’s party at 4pm later today.  Lots of visitors already arriving to the Kayastha home.

About Kate Coffey

After 30 or so years in the investment management industry, 2013 saw me turn my life up-side-down, making my way first to Nepal, then Bangladesh during that first ‘year away’. The year took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and its people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located in Bhainsepati - 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Saanga foothills. Since 2014, I have returned to SIRC numerous times, working closely with the folks there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes. In the past two years, my work in Nepal has expanded to the Bo M. Karlsson Foundation and the Spinal Cord Injured Network Nepal. In Bangladesh I marvelled at the strength and resilience of marginalized women who have the courage and audacity to break the rules and make a better life for themselves and their children through microfinance programs with BRAC. 2016-2017 saw me embark on a totally new experience in Sri Lanka, a place I never would have chosen to end up in. It’s the 40C+ heat, big humidity and tropical snakes & animals that scared me! But I ended up love love loving! my time there, working with predominantly Tamil small business owners in remote villages in the north and east of the country, trying their best to recover their businesses and the lives of their employees, after decades of a civil war. My time in Sri Lanka made me realize my hard-earned business skills and experience can really be put to good use! The work the BIZ+ team and I did there ended up earning me International Volunteer of the Year Award in December 2017, presented on Capitol Hill, Washington DC no less. I am currently home on Bowen Island, in the west coast of Canada, shoring up my finances before I head off to who knows where, for my next expert volunteer assignment. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2013-2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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2 Responses to Mehndi!

  1. Becky Dawson says:

    Wow how beautiful everyone’s artful hands!! Enjoy!!

  2. Mick Canning says:

    Great designs and painting!

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