In Japan there are many traditional patterns found for example on washi paper but also everywhere else. All of them have a particular origin and meaning, but they are not the only ones to have been integrated in a powerful way into a culture. In the West, polka dots are for example something very present which we find, for example, a lot in fashion with polka dot dresses . They are indeed common on accessories as well as clothing and it is interesting to discover their different meanings across different cultures.
Meaning of Polka Dot Patterns
First of all, you should know that the pea is a round or a small circle. The polka dot pattern is an infinite set of painted, solid circles . Surprisingly, the circle is a symbol that has the same meaning in almost all cultures. On the Western side, the circle is a circular movement which does not change, does not end, lasts forever and is perfect. It represents protection among them and for Christians, it symbolizes eternity. It is the symbolization of the universe, of perpetuity. In Asia, Yin and Yang are three visible circles. The first circle, the outer one, materializes the “whole”, in other words the cosmos and everything that constitutes it. The two other circles, those of the interior, constitute the two faces of the same element, that is to say the opposites contributing to the harmony of a whole. For example the sun and the moon, life and death, light and darkness, etc.
In Turkey, the dance of the whirling dervishes imprints the movement of the body in repetitive circles. This is seen as a symbolic reproduction of the planets that orbit the sun in the solar system. The bindi, a small painted red circle marked between the two eyes in India, materializes a mystical third eye that a person has and its link with the general principle of creation. It is a materialization of good fortune and conscience. Drawing white dots on the face in Africa and more precisely in Central Africa is a tradition. This tradition can have several meanings depending on the tribe: initiation rite of young men for some and ornaments for others. Moreover, this constitutes a new makeup trend, with the rebirth of Africa and its great influence in the fields of aesthetics and fashion. In short, the polka dot or the circle is a sign of positivity across all cultures.
Wearing polka dot patterns
Polka dots add a little something extra to outfits and can make you look younger, so don't hold back. Whether they are in white and black, white and red or even navy and white, they remain a beautiful, discreet and sober pattern . You can quickly pair tops with round patterns with pants or jeans.
Likewise with the very trendy and popular pastel version because of its softness, on a white skirt you will have a fabulous look. Regarding the silhouette, if you want to highlight your silhouette, opt for patterns with large polka dots. But if you want to hide flaws, use finer, more discreet patterns instead. As for accessories, think about handbags, shoes, headbands or even scarves with polka dots. It looks chic!