Color

      I’m of Indian descent.  Indians are known for their love of color. If you’ve ever been to an Indian wedding, you know that it’s all about color. Everyone is wearing color and white is actually forbidden at an Indian wedding because it is the color of mourning.  Weddings are the celebration of two families joining together not just two individuals.  So if you are ever invited to an Indian wedding do not wear white. People will probably give you dirty looks. For some reason this applies more to women than men (they can wear white shirts with their suit jackets). You’ll also have more fun wearing a colorful sari.

     There is also the Holi festival every year where Indians run around literally throwing color at each other.  Holi is a Hindu festival that is also known as the festival of color or festival of love.  It is celebrated on the Vernal equinox, usually falls in March. This year Holi is actually on St Patrick’s day.  In India people will throw colored powder at each other or spray people with colored water. Everyone is fair game, young, old, rich, poor, don’t step out on Holi wearing white. It will be ruined.

    I‘ve inherited this love of color that is part of my ethnicity and express it with the jewelry I make. The wonderful thing is that Czech beads and Japanese beads come in so many different colors. The number of color combinations that you can create is pretty much unlimited.  In my Artfire studio (http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/JRPDesigns), I have several bead crochet bracelets and necklaces with at least three colors combined together to create a one of a kind piece.  I favor purples and blues but pinks and red are also great colors to use in different pieces.  What about you?  What colors do you tend to favor in the clothing and jewelry you wear?

 

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