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Different Colored Eyes Day
"Maybe that's what life is ... a wink of the eye and winking stars."
~Jack Kerouac (1922-1969)
Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, everybody! This tartan embodies the colourful sparkle in a winking eye of beautiful brown! But take care! In different cultures, single or double winks can have widely varying meanings, from friendly conspiracy, to express sympathy, solidarity and encouragement, or to indicate sexual interest or a flirtatious manner! So whether your eyes are of the common brown, or less common blue, hazel, amber, green, gray, red/violet, or even a mix, a friendly wink today may give good cheer! 😉
As a companion tartan for today's highlighting of overall diversity in eye color and also the not uncommon heterochromia iridum (a difference in color of the iris of the eye), which can be seen in animals or humans, we have the playful "Wink" tartan.
By designer Carol A.L. Martin, this tartan embodies the colourful sparkle in a winking eye, whatever color.
A wink is an informal mode of non-verbal communication usually signaling shared hidden knowledge or intent, or to indicate that something should not be taken seriously.
In various cultures, single or double winks can have widely varying meanings, from friendly conspiracy, to express sympathy, solidarity and encouragement, and in some cultures to indicate sexual interest or a flirtatious manner, during momentary eye contact.
Not all humans are able to wink voluntarily, and some can only wink one (usually the non-dominant) eye. Others are far better at winking one eye and find it awkward to wink the other.
For more on the variation of meanings of the wink amongst different cultures and countries, click the iconic wink by Marlo Thomas from the 1965 American television series, "That Girl."