Saturday, July 19, 2008

Mood Boosting Guatemalan Textiles


The Guatemalans have such a joyous outlook on color. When my mother was travelling down there she picked up some lovely textiles. Here's my share of the booty and notice their bold and spunky use of hot pink!

Ever hear "Don't put pink with red *Gasp* They clash!"? That has got to be the most ridiculous fashion advice uttered. Well... I suppose there's likely worse, but I've never had a stronger urge to rebel then when I first heard that little "no-no." The Guatemalans were never afflicted with such foolishness. They've also seemed to avoid our irritating obsession with taupe and all shades swamp.

The stripes make up my backpack, and the geometric motif below is part of a tablecloth.


Here's my 'ode to pink' in honor of this week's Pink Saturday, hosted by Beverly at How Sweet the Sound. If you were ever a reader of Victoria magazine, you're in for a treat. There's definitely some of her spirit in the various blogs celebrating pink today.

21 comments:

Beverly said...

What a great idea for a pink post, Shayla. I have always loved the way other countries use colors in their own unique style.

Have a wonderful Pink Saturday.

Dawn said...

I really like the fabrics. The pink looks wonderful with all the colors. :) I was saddened one day when a friend told me pink didn't look good on me. Maybe it's because it was with my red hair!

Happy Pink Saturday!
take care,
Dawn

Tracy said...

Love the vibrant, sassy textile you have there, Shayla! And I think pink goes with everything too! ;o) Seeing how other countries, cultures use and display colors is interesting, and often inspiring. Happy Pink Saturday, my friend ((HUGS))

Regina said...

Whoever said you can't put red and pink together hasn't seen a spectacular sunset. You'll see some purple with red, too. Isn't that another no-no?
My thought is that if God puts colors together in nature, we can too!
As for Dawn & the friend who made her think she couldn't wear pink... you probably just needed a different shade. They lean toward the blue or toward coral.

Shayla said...

Dawn, I've heard people can wear any color as long as they get the right shade for their coloring. For some porcelain pink, others dusty pink, a bit more coral... I'm sure there's a pink for you :)

kate said...

Wow! Mood-bosting is the word. Thanks for a zingy start to my day.

picciolo said...

What gorgeous fabric, over here the phrase was about green and pink not being seen together!
: )

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello Shayla!

Happy PINK Saturday! LOVE the colors in this beautifull blanet!!!!

Hugs,
Maryjane

Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

Beautiful fabrics! ~Rhonda :)

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Shayla, I love all the colors in this material.
Happy Pink Saturday!
Love, Ann

Joy said...

Such vibrancy! Great photos!

Heidi Ann said...

Beautiful Textiles!!!... Amazing colors!....Thanks so much for sharing!...Heidi XO

Jeanne said...

Shayla, Sine my grands are here for the week, I am so busy. I am finally able to post a few comments. I had a pink and red kitchen in the late 60's and it was so cute. My neighbors thought it was cute but wondered how I came up with the idea. My floor was red and white tiles checkered. All I did was find wallpaper with those colors. Pink and red pots and flowers. Walla!

Your fabric is colorful and fun.

Jeanne

Dana said...

I love your post today--the notion of not being able to combine Pink and Red was dispelled when I became friends with a gal from Mexico. She showed me how wrong I was. Also, I agree with your answer to Dawn. I it is the shade of the color that counts. My g. daughter is a red head and looks fabulous in pale pink! Of course, I think she would look fabulous in ANY color. Hope your Saturday was filled with great Pinks.

Robyn said...

ZING!!! Well that colour flash certainly lifted my spirits. I can remember from a very young age that you never wore pink and red, pink and orange, orange and red. The beautiful textiles and folk art from Guatemala or Mexico is enough to squelsh those old fashioned ideas.

M.Kate said...

Love these fabrics..I've seen how colourful and beautiful they are on the net! Great pink post for sure :)

Megan Coyle said...

The fabrics are wonderful. So bright and cheery, they remind me of the feeling you get from summer.

suesue said...

love all these vibrant colors together! great pink post!!

Margie said...

Very beautiful, all the colors just blend so wonderfully together!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

What pretty fabrics!!

Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hi Shayla, Thank you for visiting. I love all those happy colors. Hot pink is my favorite color. Every time I wear it someone will stop and compliment me.