ISLAMABAD  – Stalls selling jewellery and hena are doing roaring business these days, as these two items are most popular with girls, who throng to these stalls like bees to a hive in twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

The young girls match bangles with the colours of their Eid dresses, while many of them rush towards hena stalls to embellish their hands before the Eid’s arrival. Sale of bangles and `mehndi’ has picked up momentum in twin cities as mehndi and bangles are much important for the beauty and happiness in women’s life.

Bangles and mehndi attract women, irrespective of their age, and its true to say “Its Eid, if women are wearing colourful and matching bangles and have mehndi designs on their hands”. Every year, parlours introduce new and unique designs of mehndi as every girl wants to have a new and different design on her hands so she could look different from her friends and relatives.

Flowery designs and fine lines are popular on Eid while many young girls make their own designs.

Use of glitter and shining powder as well as stars is a new addition to Mehndi designs.

Bangles are made from different materials such as glass, plastic and even gold.Though bangles are worn all over the world for style and fashion, glass bangles are renowned and are in great demand.

“Women love to wear bangles and adore their hands with henna. It is not only a symbol of fashion but it is also a tradition,” says Nida Ali, a housewife adding, “”Like every year, I will spend whole night with my friends on Chand Raat, visiting markets and buying bangles and other accessories. And the last essential thing for me is applying henna on Chand Raat.”

She says the henna tattoos are also available in markets and are easy to paste on hands and feet and can be removed easily. The trend of women henna experts is increasing during Eid celebrations as they setup their stalls days before Eid till Chand Raat to attract females.

Offering traditional and contemporary motifs in a variety of `Mehndi’ kinds.

“The trend of mehndi stalls has witnessed an increase during last few years as earlier women used to earn through Mehndi only at their homes and beauty salons,” says Bushra Irum, mehndi designer.