Colours are an
important thing to consider in any kind of attire and there are some
particular colors that are traditionally related to different castes.
According to the color symbolism, white is the predominant colour for
the clothing of upper classes like Brahmins. It was believed that any
form of dyeing is impure, although in the `color belt` of the west and
south, traditional Brahmin sarees are still dyed bright colors. In the Jain sect, the Svetambaras are known for wearing only `white cloth.
In Hindu religion, white is the color of mourning and the widows of
north India traditionally wear such white sarees without having any
Red colour is associated with the Kshatriyas.
The Vaisyas were once customarily related to the colour green.
The Sudras follow the banished color of blue.
The brides of almost all castes nowadays prefer sarees of red color
during weddings. Red is also auspicious because it reflects emotional
and fertility-related qualities, thus making it a suitable color for
brides and young married women.
Yellow sarees are also worn during the
Telugu wedding ceremony among non-Brahmin communities. Yellow saree is
also worn for seven days after the birth of a child, when the mother is
into the ceremony of various pujas. Yellow is thus an auspicious colour
that still has religious implications among the Hindu.