Opening the wardrobe and choosing what clothes to wear may prove surprisingly enlightening, particularly when relating the colour of the article to the way we feel. Asking what is ones favourite colour has been a part of ‘getting to know you’ for many years but the reasoning behind it has been largely forgotten.

At our September meeting, however, Snitterfield WI ladies were let into the secret during an inspiring talk by Sue Asha as she revealed ‘The Power of Colours’. She had brought lengths of coloured silks to demonstrate not only the colours of the spectrum but also the feelings engendered by these as the ladies wound them round their shoulders. Each colour is associated with an area of the body, known to colour therapists as chakras, and connected to the practice of yoga, enabling healers to apply each colour to a specific illness.

Refraction of the sun’s rays creates colour and the vibration of each gives off energy, increasing with the depth of the colour. The length of wavelength is directly proportionate to the vibration of the chakras, bringing health to the specific area via their electro-magnetic fields. Each colour has positive and negative influences and choosing to decorate ones home or wear certain clothes can influence our attitude to daily tasks.

Red energises us but could make us irritable. We think of it as strength and courage but it could be anger! Yellow stimulates the mind; good for working areas but not for the calm needed in the bedroom. Green is a universally calming colour, good for relationships and drawing rooms, balancing the mind. Turquoise and blue are useful for bedrooms, bringing a sense of space and relaxation. They are related to the heart and most useful in hospitals but are sometimes linked to depression, so care needs to be taken when choosing a predominant colour.

Nowadays, packaging uses colour to persuade the shopper to buy a particular article, whilst coloured lights have long been used to enhance a product on display. Our reaction to these has proved beneficial to our supermarkets: ‘hidden persuaders’ to which we respond. The ‘traffic light’ system advocated by nutritionists also makes use of colour: red for tomatoes and meat, orange for citrus fruits, yellow in bananas and eggs, green for leafy vegetables - eating the spectrum in fact.

The meeting concluded with our Secretary, Carole, announcing a whole list of coming events to attract us and there were reports of summer activities which had been enjoyed during our ‘quiet’ period.