The Fashion of India.
By: Leah Mills
Colors of Saris:
- White: Priest use this color in their saris because the thought of dyeing them are impure. White saris are also a sign of mourning so widows and people at funerals wear them.
- Red: It is usually associated with the warrior class so it is a sign of valor. Today red saris are mostly worn by brides of all castes all over India. Red is regarded as auspicious because it can be associated with many emotional and sexual qualities.
- Green: It was associated with the merchants class but today it expresses Islamic beliefs but is also popular in Muslim groups.
- Blue: It is associated with farmers, artisans, weavers, and manual laborers so the high caste Hindus avoid this color because the fermentation process to create indigo was ritually impure.
- Black: This color is considered as reflecting sorrow and ill omen. Not many saris are made in this color.
- Yellow: It is traditionally regarded as religion and asceticism since saffron yellow or orange is the color for Saints. On the first day of a Hindu wedding the bride and groom are washed in turmeric paste to ritually purify their bodies. Also a mother wears a yellow sari on the first 7 days of a child's birth.
Some History about Saris.
Did You know?...
- Not just Indian cloth is in demand in the West but also Indian fashions. Many of the World's fashion designers use the same shimmering colors, flowing materials, and shapes of traditional Indian clothes in their latest collections.
- The word sari came from the Prakrit word sattika, which is mentioned in the early buddhist literature. The word was shortened to sati which eventually became sari.
India: Grover, Razia. India. New York: DK Publishing Inc., 2002. print
Sari Facts: http://www.sarisafari.com/sarifacts.html
How to wear a sari: http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/history-of-saree-1949.html
The different colors and significance of the colors of saris: http://www.puja.com/sari/wear/color/colour.htm#