Colour Symbolism in India Sarees

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Indian sarees are known for their vibrant colours, attractive pattern and unique designs. Colour symbolism is also very popular in this outfit. Colour symbolism has always played a big role in the traditional clothing of India. It’s very ancient dated back to Vedic times. Varna is a Sanskrit word meaning caste that also relates to colour and tradition of several castes.


According to the colour symbolism, white is considered as impure colour. Red is regarded as vibrant colour, which can be seen in bridal saree as well. Indian brides love to wear red saree or red lehenga choli. Green is linked to Islamic connotations and can be seen in the clothing of both Muslim men and women.

Blue is the symbol of high status and high caste society of Hindus. Their attire is filled with blue colour. The combination of blue and black is also known as very impure. These days, blue is very common colour in all types of sarees. Women from all society wear blue coloured outfits.

Yellow is another common colour used in sarees. Orange or saffron yellow is related to religious clothing like for saints or sadhus. Yellow saree is worn by the bride one day before the marriage date in the Mehendi ritual.

Colour symbolism was started in Indian sarees because of the widespread cultural and religious difference. The meaning of colours in clothing also differs from one Indian state to another.