The Indian saree – large canvas to explore and exploit, offers maximum scope for delightful experiments in color.
You could have a single color in the large expanse, you could have the field in two major colors, have variation with smaller areas of colors as lengthy runs in one or both portions, a multitude of colors in different parts of the wide field or a million other combinations.
Pastels are one of the latest in the world of colors in fashion. Let’s explore!
What are pastels?
Pastels are soft colors that bring about the better feelings of the range of emotions known to man.
Pastels are a family of colors which are described as colors that are soothing, soft, or lacking strong chromatic content. Typical examples of pastels would be pink, mauve, baby blue, colors that the world would associate with femininity, romanticism, tenderness, childhood and sensitivity.
What do pastels signify?
Joyous moments or occasions that symbolize something new like re-birth, new growth or fresh beginnings – something to rejoice about.
Some meanings attached to pastel colors are:
Yellow denotes the shining sun as on a bright day in spring against which nothing can depress or in other words, total joy and happiness
Green talks of Hope, renewal of Faith, rebirth, emotions that infuse a fresh surge of energy after trying moments
Pink is a new beginning, a healthy fresh start to something, light heartedness or playfulness
Orange represents the dawn of things, be it the day, fresh projects, new relationships etc.
Lavender is something out of the way, something special, coziness, a warm feel.
Blue is all about harmony, peace tranquility, a colour that soothes ruffled feelings, calms agitation.
Turquoise is an extension of blue
While pastels not being bright and closer to dull, they fall midway between the tints (bright colors) and the shades (dark colors and hues). When pastel dresses are worn, then having a darker, brighter or more saturated color would provide a delightful contrast that avoids looking washed out.
In sarees the body could have pastels while the borders and adornments could provide the needed contrast to enhance the appeal.
Pastels also include the not so light and delicate colors but in their light hues. Blue green, lavender, very light orange, coral, turquoise in their pale and subdued avatars, constitute the modern pastel lot. The last three also go under the Pastel Easter colors.
Exploring this trend innovatively is the Unnati range of Pastel sarees and salwar kameez. Varieties like Venkatagiri cotton, Kerala cotton, Bengal handlooms, Assam Sico, Tussar silk, Jaipuri Prints, Rajasthan handlooms, Kalamkaris and a lot more jostle with each other to get the attention of loyal customers and the market. With a reputation in fabrics for over three decades, the Unnati experience has never failed to satisfy.
The Indian wedding scene is never complete without the pink and red colored bridal sarees and attire. But in recent times there has been a pleasant turnaround. Pastels comparatively not at all bright are worn as bridal attire without compunctions. In fact the new brides are quite bold and forthcoming in going all out for experimenting with pastels.
Shades like lilac and peach have come in as successfully tried out alternatives. While the effect may not be very dazzling, there is a new freshness to the look which is most appealing. And the brides still look resplendent!
Pastels brighten up your life not so much with the color but more so with their presence. A soothing touch, a calming effect, pastels definitely do away with hustle and bother leaving only peace and quiet to ‘brighten up’ the atmosphere.