Aleppo’s yel­low man is a mi­nor fash­ion celebrity

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

ALEPPO, Syria — Abu Zakkour, a 68-year-old man in the Syr­ian north­ern city of Aleppo, has ap­par­ently be­come a sym­bol of pe­cu­liar­ity in the city with the yel­low color he has been dressed in for the past 35 years.

His ob­ses­sion with yel­low started on Jan 25, 1983 when Zakkour de­cided to be a “yel­low man”, as the color rep­re­sents love in his eyes.

“For me the yel­low color rep­re­sents love and some­thing no one has ever done and no one even en­dures. I be­lieve no one in the world can wear yel­low for 35 years, day and night, in­doors and out­doors,” Zakkour said.

The man wears ev­ery­thing in yel­low, in­clud­ing his suits, neck­ties, shirts, un­der­wear, socks, slip­pers and glasses. Even his suit­case is yel­low.

No­tably, he uses yel­low nail pol­ish to make non-yel­low items yel­low, such as the trans­par­ent sil­i­cone case of his golden mo­bile phone.

Upon en­ter­ing his small flat in the Maari neigh­bor­hood, the yel­low shoes and slip­pers are the first yel­low items that jump into the view.

Ac­tu­ally there seems to be an ef­fort to make yel­low a prom­i­nent color ev­ery­where in the house: the sheets on his bed are yel­low, the ta­ble cover is yel­low and even the small trash can is yel­low.

In his small yel­low and blue wardrobe, 11 hang­ers hold his out­fits in­clud­ing suits, a coat, a sa­fari suit and a cou­ple of jellabiyas, a kind of tra­di­tional long gar­ment.

“When I walk down the street or go to crowded places, peo­ple will smile and take pho­tos with me. Many peo­ple stop to talk to me and joke with me and I think it’s called love,” he said.

Zakkour has re­mained faith­ful to his yel­low-color cause, as he said such at­ten­tion from the streets and TV in­ter­views seems to be a so­lace for his lone­li­ness after the death of his wife and the de­par­ture of his sons out­side Syria.

“Wear­ing an­other color would make me feel off­beat and strange be­cause I am wear­ing yel­low for 35 years and it’s a long time. I can­not even have any dif­fer­ent color within my yel­low at­tire,” he ex­plained.

The long years of wear­ing yel­low has ap­par­ently paid off as ev­ery­one in Aleppo now knows him and the story about why he chose to wear yel­low is be­ing bandied about across the city.

As a pe­cu­liar land­mark of Aleppo, Zakkour told Xin­hua that he would never wear an­other color as long as he is alive.

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