Posted by Savaka (220.127.116.11) on October 12, 2000 at 12:41:08:
In Reply to: Monk's clothes posted by Emma on October 12, 2000 at 07:58:35:
I always preferred the more pragmatic view of stuff.
To start with, no one has ever establish a universal standard for the colour of a monks robe. Even all the makers of robes in the world decides to stick with yellow, it's not as if Burmese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Thai, Tibetan, American, English, Australian and Malaysian robe makers have the same yellow in stock. Nor will a village robe maker, say, in Northern Thailand, will know how to obtain the yellow hue coded by the more modern world as Pantone Code No. 452 or whatever. So when robe makers are called to action, they just grabbed the yellowish dyes available to them.
I understand that Gotama Buddha took to saffron because the colour endures dirt. North India's soil is mostly laterite, a deep hue of yellow. Someone told me that in the mountain's of Tibet red ochre (laterite that is rich in iron oxide...hence the redness), is easily available and thus it was used to colour cloth for use as robes.
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