The colour therapy and the Indian ethnic attire

Colours! They make this world a beautiful place! Would it be surprising to know that colours have their own personality? 😲 

“Really?”, you ask? Wait let me share how…

It is traditional to hear things like, ‘blue’ is a calming colour, ‘red’ shows aggression, ‘white’ depicts peace and so on. On experience one would realise that these claims are bang-on. What else is it if not the personality of a colour? 😀

Not only are these traits of colours widely accepted but are also used in healing! Yes, you heard that right! There is this whole science of colour therapy which is a branch of ‘holistic healing’ for treatment without medicines.

Now that’s interesting, isn’t it?

Let’s take the example of ‘Indian ethnic wear’ to put the idea into perspective.

Indian weddings! Wow! the phrase is enough for one to visualize impressive arrangements of lined-up ceremonies, pandals, music, dance and not to forget food. 😋 In the middle of all this, one finds lively figures of joy and happiness, the bride, bride-groom, their immediate family and close friends, flamboyantly dressed expressing their emotions in strong and vibrant Indian ethnics, inspiring energy and vigour into the environment.

Colours are known to have an impact on people’s mood, mind and emotions. Indian ethnics are designed to use this knowledge to its favour. Otherwise termed as ‘loud’ and ‘dark’ the colours of Indian ethnic palette carry a legacy of tradition and culture. Prominently, red ❤, yellow 💛, orange 🧡, green 💚, blue 💙 strong pink 💗 to name a few, are top runners on the list of colours for traditional women ethnics. Traditional men ethnics would instead revolve around more calmer shades.

Traditional therapy:

Predominantly India has been a country with clear and segregated gender roles.  In the past women were more often seen in household roles with least outings and low-key social interactions. It was during the festivals, weddings and grand events that women got to take a lead role.

Elaborated traditions, rites and arrangements demanded women to be the executive directors
of the occasion. The vigour, vibe, energy and confidence needed to execute those roles well, along with brightening up the environment and zeal, women were always dressed in loud, bright colours of India.

The traits of love, high energy, enthusiasm, happiness and joy were all spread around and energized the women to fulfil not only their roles well but to remain an unending source of liveliness to all around them.

Men, on the other hand were often seen in sober, calmer colours of Indian ethnics. Those
passive colours helped the strong and dominating figures of the household to take a back-seat on execution. They played the role of the strength bearers, peace lovers and thus anchors to the whole hub-hub of the occasion. 🙌🏻

The division of sombre and vibrant colours among men and women respectively played another significant role of balancing the overall verve and vibe of the place and event. ‘Balance’ has always been the key factor in anything that connects to ancient Indian customs. 💯

Modern magic:

One would invariably argue that the colour palette of Indian ethnics has now seen a transition. To better put it, we could say; the palette is seen widening to incorporate more shades and hues of lighter tones and softer shades.

After knowing the vitality and vigour the bright colours added to the environment the soft and lighter hues of the modern ethnic attire would put one off. But wait, let us see the therapeutic logic behind this transition that has naturally happened.

With the advent of the modern age, the lines of gender roles are getting blurry. The spectrum on which men and women are seen operating is widening. So is the need to balance the energies at functions and events.

Women are now not only dependent on putting up bright shades in functions to feel
confident about themselves and manage the strings of operations. Today’s working women are well-equipped with these opportunities in work spaces and households. Their modern strong and well-sketched personalities do not need colours to leave a mark and energise a place. ✌🏻

No wonder the modern women are often the ones who choose the lighter colour palettes while browsing for ethnics. The passive shades give them the much-needed therapeutic effect of balancing their aggressive and strong working energies amidst the calmness of the ancient customs.

Men on the other hand have turned into symbols of modernization in their thoughts,
behaviour, conduct and nderstanding. They no longer run the risk of wearing a ‘red’ or ‘orange’ ethnic and infusing an intimidating effect on their guests. Instead, their ever-supportive demeanours add brightness in the occasions. No surprise men are seen opting for darker shades in ethnics. 🔥

Once again, a balance is at play even in the modern shades of Indian ethnics. Certainly, India is a country of traditions and culture deep rooted in well-being!


One would charm at the marvel of the impact Indian ethnics have on the bearer and observer, consciously and subconsciously. Next time you plan to shop for a traditional Indian ethic attire you know what therapeutic effect you will have on people and yourself.

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