The Real Secret behind Beauty (Part 1)
Photos: Kazi Tahsin Agaz Apurbo
“Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.” -- Oscar Wilde.
Colours are powerful. They evoke emotion, they change appearance, they mix and match with each other and have the ability to create a completely new colour. If you think about it, there would be no sky without the blue, no grass without the greens, no sun without the yellow and no heart without the red. Colours speak their own language and it is up to us to understand that.
Red is one of the strongest of colours. Red signifies love-- the colours of the heart, passion and lust. The streets of Dhaka meet red usually on Valentine's Day when the young of the country are all showing their affection towards their significant other by being adorned in red. But red has many other meanings. It can mean danger, blood, war, anger, strength, energy and so much more. It also signifies courage which explains the use of it in many flags like ours.
Yellow signifies joy and happiness. The rays of the sun, the autumn leaves, and the juiciest of mangoes all have this colour which brings reason to smile when one has his or her sight set upon such things. The first of Phalgun (spring) is usually represented by the colour yellow, not only because of the flowers of spring but because of that very joy is evokes in people's hearts.
Orange on the other hand is a brilliant combination of the energy of red and the joy of yellow. Orange represents feelings such as enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity and success. The different shades of orange have different parts to play in the world of colours. The darker shade can mean deciet or distrust. The more reddish of oranges can mean passion, pleasure or aggression. Where as the golden-orange is the colour signifying prestige. In our country, orange plays a beautiful role in spring where it is yellow's trustworthy side-kick and evokes just as much happiness as yellow itself.
Red, orange and yellow are probably the trickiest of colours to play around with. They are all bold and powerful and are considered to be warm colours. To wear clothings of these colours, one must be accurate with the shade. The different shades of each colour go with different skin tones of different people. A trial is always recommended when picking out clothes of such colours!
In contrast to the warm colours, one of the cool colours is the ever-loved blue. The colour of the sky and the ocean is considered a cool colour due to the peaceful feeling one gets when he or she catches a glimpse. It is human instinct to compare blue to either the sky or the water which brings a cool feeling whether voluntarily or not. Blue symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven. The darker shades of blue represent knowledge, power and integrity which is why one of the most common names of a shade of blue is the Royal Blue. Light blue (or very well known as 'sky' blue) is associated with healing, tranquility and softness.
In Bangladesh, green adored to a whole different level (especially when combined with red). Green not only is the colour of nature and earth, it is, to us Bangladeshis, the colour of freedom. Every corner of Bangladesh is shaded with green on our prestigious victory day when boys and girls, men and women and all children are wearing their best sari's, dresses and panjabi's signifying the victory of Bangladesh. Dark green usually signifies jealousy where as olive green is a colour used to show peace.
Colour gives people their character, portray their thoughts and speak out their emotion. Give colour the importance they deserve, learn to respect them and realize that anything looks as beautiful because of its colours. Until the next Trends!