Intuitive Warm colours

This article provides a brief description of the intuitive desire humans have to wear and decorate themselves in the hue of their underlying skin pigmentation, along with other analogous tones.

I would like to demonstrate how the four general underlying human skin hues of yellow orange, orange, red orange and red manifest through people’s lives.

Thai Buddhist monks - Thailand

It is primarily through race, religion and culture – where humans demonstrate intuitive colour awareness for warm colour tones.

Traditional Maltese drummers

It is no coincidence that the underlying pigment colour and any different shades, tones or variations of that hue are intuitively desired as clothing or decoration by the Indigenous cultures we researched.  

Most of these Indigenous people still live traditional lives, away from modern day life and culture.

Himba tribe woman – Kamanjab, northern Nambia                           © Artush

Indigenous cultures feel most comfortable in warm tones, which are similar to their pigment colour.

  • If they can include these warm tones in their lives, they will.
  • If they can produce clothing, make-up or face paint in these tones, they will.
  • If they can decorate themselves in flora or fauna, in these tones, they will.
  • If they can buy or trade for cloth, clothing or materials which they can wear, they will.
Mayoruna tribe woman – Amazon jungle, Brazil 

Intuitive colour awareness for warm tones, within race, religion and cultural identity, is strong. 

A further research program could be conducted to confirm our findings.

Hull tribesmen – Papua New Guinea

Human colouring is organic, with an innate link to the colouring of organic matter found in the local environment. 

Organic colours and tones balance and harmonise naturally with human colouring.

Indigenous Fijian men – Nalamu Beach, Fiji

Human colouring and the environment is in a state of constant change, fading and flourishing together. 

Changes to organic matter generally remain within the four human hues.

Maasai warriors’ ceremony – Kenya                                                              © Peter Blackwell

Natural warm tones from the environment are evident in traditional human cultures across the world.

Many still depend on their local environment to find the colours they wear, and now source particular-coloured materials from outside their community to add to their culture’s colour and energy.

Oroqen man – Inner Mongolia, China                                                © Alexander Khimushin

With many generations of people living in a particular local environment, most within that area have the same or similar underlying pigmentation.

With this in mind, it’s desirable to source and develop colours which create harmony with the majority of people within the community.

Buddhist Monks – Nyaung Shwe, Myanmar

Intuitive colour awareness ensures the four warm colours are embedded in the lives of people across the globe.

Usually without realising it, people feel comfortable wearing colours which are similar to their own colouring.

Sadhu, Indian Hindu holy men - India

More often than not, for traditional, religious and cultural festivals, people wear warm-coloured clothing, adornments and make-up.  

Ratu man at a Nyale ceremony, Wanukaka beach, Sumba, Indonesia

While it may seem obvious, it does require a deliberate and conscious effort to discover, create and embed colour/s into a community’s culture.

Monochromatic and analogous colour combinations are the most harmonic and easiest colour combinations humans can create, coordinate and feel comfortable wearing.

          Mongolian woman                                               © Kevin Pepper

Natural resources

People first developed clothing, accessories and face paint from the natural resources available to them, which quite often were similar to their colouring.

As dyeing methods and materials developed, and access to greater resources improved, the range and depth of available colours grew.

Marrakesh market – Morocco                                         © Jean-Pierre Lescourret  

Humans are generally more comfortable living with natural, neutral warm tones – from the streets to their homes and workplaces.

Indigenous Australians have adopted a flag which they believe best represents their colours and culture.

Australian Aboriginal flag

When warm-based tones are worn, they present a range of psychological advantages and produce positive interactive responses.

Positive reactions to warm tones encourage people to wear these colours regularly and for religious occasions or formalities.

Head Lama - Khumbu region, Nepal

The four colours and tones produce varying levels of emotional and psychological responses.

Wearing a general mid-tone red commands attention, stimulates blood flow, and energises and encourages action, excitement, confidence and positivity.

Chilliwack Powwow - Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada                   © Christi LaLiberte

Orange tones project happiness, fun and friendliness, and are also active, warm, cheerful and social.

Village man – The Sacred Valley, Cusco Peru

The lighter and softer a colour, the smoother, more gentle, casual and relaxed it is. 

When people wear light colours, they come across as modest, friendly, sensitive and mellow.

Odalan temple festival - Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia

As a colour turns from orange to yellow it becomes more peaceful, restful, compassionate and relaxing

Turkish man in ancient oriental costume, Istanbul, Turkey

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