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Beautiful Eyes Day

"On Cessnock banks a lassie dwells,
Could I describe her shape and mien;
Our lasses a' she far excels -
An' she has twa sparkling, roguish een! "

~ Robert Burns, The Lass of Cessnock Banks, 1780

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! Today is a day to celebrate different colored eyes - both the diversity of eye colour between individuals and even the difference between individual eyes, a condition known as heterochromia iridum, a difference in coloration of the iris. In complete heterochromia, one iris is a different color from the second iris. In partial heterochromia or sectoral heterochromia, part of one iris is a different color from the rest of that same iris. Regardless, eye color classification groups people with the following colors: Amber, Blue, Brown, Gray, Green, Hazel, Red, and Violet (with the most uncommon colours being green, violet/red, amber, and hazel). So whether your "Twa Rogu'ish E'en" are of the common colour, an uncommon hue, a mix, or even sometimes a striking tartan, by virtue of specialty contact lenses, a friendly wink today may give good cheer. The "eyes" have it! 👁️ 😉 😜

Jul 12

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 tartan eye!