2023, VOL. 9 ISSUE 2, PART A
India has historically been a place of diverse cultures characterised by diverse religious practises, beliefs, rites, rituals, and ideologies. Despite being ethnic, multilingual, and multifaceted, its essence has been "unity in diversity." People of many different faiths and beliefs, including Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, and Jains, coexist in peace and harmony. Nearly every religious tradition includes the practise of presenting an ornamented textile to a deity or wrapping a sacred text as an expression of love, devotion, and respect. Some examples include the offering of a green or blue textile called a Chaddar to a Dargah or Peer, a red or orange Chunri to the Goddess, an Altar cloth in a Church, or a colourful Rumala Sahib to encase the Guru Granth Sahib. Textiles are commonly used for developing wall hangings that can be hung either at religious places or at home with depictions from folklore, mythology, and religious scriptures. These scriptures covey or release positivity. Many religious practises or rituals involve the use of embellished textiles. Each of these textiles’ ornamental techniques, themes, and even colours all communicate a unique meaning and expression. Worshiping their deities or supremacy through offering ornamental textiles is an excellent way to communicate with God. The purpose of this study is to examine the diverse patterns and colours of the textiles that are offered at various holy places. The study will also explore the symbolic significance of these motifs and colours.