64 to Infinity- #FAA76C Tan:
Tan was and is the natural color of treated leather, one of the earliest materials that enabled our kind to transcend our physical limitations.
for millennia, the process of tanning leather was highly laborious as well as offensive to the senses. it was often rendered into its finished form by “piss-poor” families using pots of urine...at least, so long as the family could afford “a pot to piss in.” much more palatably, Tan can also refer to the state of having had the melanin released from human skin through exposure to the Sun.
the high regard placed on this swarthy appearance that can be both virile and vivacious has long been reflected in its’ comparison to a precious metal throughout the Romance languages: 'bronzé' in French, 'bronceado' in Spanish, and 'abbronzato' in Italian.
in modern times, human tanning gained a desirable perception thanks in significant part to the leisurely, indulgent lifestyle that afforded global travel to the moneyed elite in the dawn of aviation.
once held in low esteem as a mark of the world’s working classes, a Tan appearance became a status symbol during these years, evoking the relaxation and enjoyment of life that were rare prizes in the Lottery of Birth at the time. Tan achieved an especially exotic profile in France during the 1920s and 30s as the sultry shade borne by the “Creole Goddess” Josephine Baker, an entertainer, activist, and agent of the Second World War-era French Resistance.
from the tan sands that gave birth to algebra to the Great Pyramids that stand as an enduring monument to human ingenuity, Tan can seem to be one of the most boring colors in the box until one actually considers its significance. perhaps for this reason, Tan is a common color for traditional garments in religious sects such as Chinese Buddhist monk clans and the Jedi Order, and now you see why I am obsessed with this color. #64toInfinity
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