Silk symbolizes the essence of purity and represents the rich traditions of India. As it is known for its purity, it is used in the Wedding Ceremonies to represent purity. It is also a mark of luxury and therefore Silk Dhoties are draped during weddings and other special occasions.The purity of silk makes it a culturally, religiously, and traditionally revered Indian attire. The silk is a strong yet flexible fabric – the qualities that our ancestors considered should be reflected in every individual. Silk is a symbol of piousness. The purity of silk makes it the most auspicious clothing to be worn in religious ceremonies.
The heritage of Silk Dhoti weaving is very old and continues even today in this modern era. Traditionally hand-woven Silk Dhoties have silver and gold threads woven into the cloth. Silk Dhoties, with their enchanting sheen, amazing drape, and enamouring feel when worn, enhance the elegance and charm of the bridegroom on his special day. Silk has an elegant, expensive look and is the ultimate in sensuousness. When a man drapes a Silk Dhoti, he transforms into an elegant individual with sublime mystique.
The Scientific and Religious Significance of Silk Dhoties
Panchakatcham, the traditional bridegroom attire, has its own religious significance. Pancha (five) Katcham (yards) is tucked at five places around the man’s hip, symbolizing the five elements of nature – Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether. Tucking the Panchakatcham in five folds at the navel amounts to bringing alive the five cosmic energies. Hindus believed that all creation is made of these five elements and the Panchakatcham serves as a subtle reminder of the cycle of nature. According to ancient beliefs, a Panchakatcham creates a subtle protective circular sheath around the body of the Jiva and it becomes easy for him to absorb both the savior-destroyer and Sagun-Nirgun principles of Deities.