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“I am the very pinke of curtesie.”
–Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet, William Shakespeare”

Pink is the colour of candy hearts, cherry blossoms and flamingos. Though currently associated with little girls, pink was once considered to be more masculine than blue due to it being a shade of red, while blue was considered more feminine, possibly because of blue-shawled images of the Virgin Mary, according to Pink and Blue: Telling the Girls From the Boys in America by Jo B. Paoletti. Other examples of masculine pink include army pinks—“beige dress trousers with a pink cast” that were part of a US Army officer’s winter uniform, according to the Oxford English Dictionary,a publication which also revealed that pink was a traditional colour for men’s fox-hunting coats in England in the early 20th century.

“Oh, by the way, which one’s pink?”
—“Have a Cigar,” Pink Floyd”

Outside of its gender associations, the word “pink” also means the epitome or very best. When one is feeling “in the pink,” one feels tiptop. This use seems appropriate for the various pink items at Arawak Interiors—oversized, waterproof Santai bean bag chairs; eye-catching ceramic hearts and mermaids handmade in Mexico; striped velvet pillows; an Indonesian painting of a tree against a pink sky; bowls made of cinnamon sticks, coconut and pink resin; bold paisley oven mits; and a variety of multifunctional kitchen items from Joseph Joseph. Pink gifts suit the pinkest of holidays—Valentine’s day—to let your partner know, whether male or female, that they are the very pink of perfection.

“I believe in pink.”
—Audrey Hepburn

“Pink is the navy blue of India.”
–Diana Vreeland

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