6 Scarves 2021: The Mascots
As I got started with these 6 scarves and capsules, I found myself getting them a little mixed up in my mind. How to keep them straight? By assigning a rabbit mascot to each one! I mean, surely we have all heard the advice that we should match our color palettes to our hare.
#1 Black and Grey: What sort of rabbit would work well with this bright, graphic scarf and high contrast color palette? A big, bold Checkered Giant, surely! Appropriately, the Checkered Giant is the American version of a rabbit known as the Giant Papillion ("butterfly") in France and the UK. The "butterfly" refers to the patch of dark color around the nose that, seen from the front, resembles a butterfly with its wings spread. Let's call this bunny Gina. As with all these mascots, she is a rabbit that was shown at the Minnesota State Fair.
#2 Navy and Beige: For this light palette and the large-but-delicate print of the scarf, the uncommon and lovely Creme d'Argent rabbit is a wonderful mascot. For those of us who equate "beige" with "boring," this rabbit with a gorgeous silvery-orange quality to her coat is a reminder of the rich complexity that is possible in this color family. Welcome, Darcy!
#3 Navy and Grey: The grey neutral and the range of pink/purple/blue accent colors makes the Lilac rabbit a great choice for this wardrobe. Lily's beautiful pinkish dove-grey coat is the result of two recessive genes that dilute a chocolate brown color to lilac. Although the lilac color is found in various breeds of rabbit, the Lilac breed (which comes only in this color) is a specific type of rabbit that was developed in Great Britain and then brought to the US in 1922.
#4 Olive and Beige: Five colors of the New Zealand rabbit breed are recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association, of which this rich, warm orange-red color is a nice match to our palette. Confusingly, the New Zealand rabbit originated in California, not New Zealand, but I don't think she'll mind if we call her Kiwi.
#5 Brown and Black: To reflect the dark, dramatic color palette and the wildlife motif of the scarf, a tiny rabbit with a big presence is the mascot for this wardrobe. The Netherland Dwarf is a relatively late addition to the American domestic rabbit milieu, having arrived from the Netherlands in the 1960s. Their energetic disposition is the result of continued breeding with small wild rabbits, chosen for their desirable size. Dwarfs are available in many colors and patterns; Nelly is a nice example of the chocolate (brown) color.
#6 Grey and Denim/Navy: Everything about this scarf and palette says "soft" to me, and when you're talking soft rabbits, there is no rival for the rex and mini rex breeds! The mini rex (made small for extra cuteness) is the ultimate velveteen rabbit, with short guard hairs and especially soft fur that stands outward from the body, giving it a springy, cushiony feel. For this palette with many shades of muted blue, a blue mini rex is the perfect choice. Just as the lilac color we saw above is the result of two recessive genes diluting chocolate brown coloration, the blue color results from two recessive genes diluting black coloration.
My next post will get us started building out these wardrobes with January selections!
Do you have a favorite scarf? Favorite palette? Favorite BUNNY?