Friday, April 8, 2011

Land at the Edge of the World

Today's featured color is Thulian Rose Pink... and I'll be honest - I didn't expect to find anything tagged that way on Etsy when I did my initial search, but lo and behold, about forty items showed up! It made me wonder where this color got its name, so I did my due diligence and followed up with a little research.

The term Thulian refers to something or someone from the land of Thule - a quasi legendary land described as being located, according to ancient historical writings, at the farthest point north, the land at the edge of world - the land where the sun went to rest. Studies of these references place this land somewhere in Scandinavia - most likely Iceland, Greenland, or the Shetland Islands... very fitting of the earliest descriptions since this is the land of the midnight sun - a region where the sun shines even at night for a good part of the year. The inhabitants of this region are believed to be the predecessors of modern day Inuit and Eskimo peoples.

So why Thulian pink? Well, the color name didn't emerge until the mid-1950's and may actual be a misrepresentation of thulite. Thulite, a form of the gemstone zoisite, often exhibits greyish pink hues, and is found in only one area of the world - the region once referred to as Thule!

Now that you know a bit about the origin of the name of this color, let's take a look at some of the great items that share its beauty! Whether you call the color Thulian pink or Icelandic pink, light mulberry, or even raspberry, there are fun, fresh, and feminine pieces for you to fall in love with...

Marcia of BellaHeadbands knows her colors - she lists this skinny headband as a Thulian Pink Abstract Print. I think she got it right since it matches my color sample exactly. Cute, comfortable, and perfect for any time of year, this headband would be a lovely accessory for anyone of the female persuasion!

Emma is just too cute for words - and sporting a thulian pink cloche, this sassy little 1920s lady brooch  from yalipaz will make an absolutely darling accent for your spring weather coat, purse, or suit. How can you resist her charms?

Looking for a roomy but fashionable purse/bag for spring? Look no further than thehandmadeemporium and this sweet hand-crocheted Handbag in Mulberry. It has a lovely coordinated floral lining and is roomy enough and sturdy enough to carry a small laptop or notebook computer!

If you want an accessory that provides a touch of the exotic, how about this fun curly cowl from Ayca? It looks so yummy and soft - perfect for those breezy spring days!

This shade of pink appears to be a favorite of fiber artists, as you can see... and these darling slippers from catssoftstitches show off an enchanting use of the color for your casual times around the house. Simply sweet!

Keepsakes from special events in your life should live up to the memories attached to them. One great way to help ensure that they will is to match the keepsake to the theme. This Tropical Plumeria Floral Guest Book from EmersonBindery is perfect for any tropical themed event from bridal and baby showers to retirement parties. They also have a lovely assortment of other enchanting themes to choose from!

In this day of instantaneous although often impersonal communication, I don't think I know a single person who doesn't enjoy the occasional hand-written note received via snail mail. Put a smile on someone's face the next time you send a note of thanks, remember a special day, or simply play ketchup, with note cards like these charming Raspberry letterpress flat notes from sarahparrott825!

I hope you've enjoyed this article and that you'll take some time to visit all of these and the other wonderful shops on Etsy, Artfire, and the rest of the handmade community. There are some real treasures to be found so if you've never considered buying handmade, give one of these shops  a shot - I think you'll be pleasantly surprised!



Studio B (UberArt) said...

Thanks for the education on Thulian pink, I've never heard of it before! I appreciate you featuring my guest book, thank you!

FabricFascination said...

I've never heard of that shade of pink, but I like what you've found.

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