The color ‘black’ was a favorite, but if you look at the color ‘silver’ and compare to ‘black’ it doesn’t look like silver at all.
The reason I’m asking is this: the colors were similar to the colors of ancient Rome. In ancient Rome a black suit, a purple tie, and a black hat were all in style and a black cloak and a black hat were worn at most places in the Roman world and even where the Roman empire had been for several hundred years. The color ‘black’ was a common color in the ancient world for a multitude of different reasons: because there are so many different colors the Roman Empire could often be seen wearing shades of these colors as clothing.
So, the reason you won’t spot any black or silver colors in our vintage 1960s pattern is because of what it was compared to, instead is a mix of modern fashions and the way we perceive color. So here’s an excellent example.
You’ll see, a 1960s pattern in navy and gray has a bright, vivid shade of gray, but it’s not white or black. When you compare it to black, in order for it to be a ‘true ‘black’ you simply have to change the color saturation to black. So, you could have a white jacket instead, if you like, but the same color would still be considered a ‘true’ black.
Now, here’s an example of a 1960s pattern that has a brilliant, dark shade of gold, but since it has a more muted color saturation, it still looks very black. Since this color is very difficult to see in an image, in the link, if you click the magnifying tool, you can see it.
So, my guess is that most of us just don’t notice the subtle differences between color saturation and color ‘black’. And the reason is very simple. When you are in a black suit, or a white shirt, or a pair of purple slippers, your eyes tend to gravitate towards the color, whereas you’re less likely to be drawn towards a color like gold where there’s a lot more contrast. So when you notice a particular color that looks a little differently, in this case a lighter color with more shadow to it, it’s easy to dismiss the color as just another ‘other’ color. And, what’s more, when the color isn’t as distinct or as distinctive as the ones we associate with black, the fact that you can see more
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