The Turban cloth comes in every possible color and pattern, however there are three most commonly worn colors which are - white, deep blue, and saffron orange. Nowadays most men and women tend to coordinate the color of the turban with their outfits and vice versa. The patterned turban has become a case of fashion, especially with the Sikhs living in metropolitan cities in India.
Culturally, there are some commonly regarded color preferences for certain occasions, which are as follows:
• Saffron is associated with valour and is worn during rallies.
• White is associated with peace and is worn by elders. Many Sikh men and women choose to don a White, Off-White or a similar shade daily as part of their beliefs in keeping with the faith.
It is also a common color worn by Eastern Sikhs at events such as a funeral ceremony or any event where a bright color would not be considered appropriate. On the other hand, Western Sikhs commonly wear White as part of their daily Sikh garb. White turbans are worn to extend the aura and the person’s projection.
• Pink and Red are associated with spring and are worn during that season or for marriage ceremonies.
• Orange and Navy Blue are traditional Sikh Khalsa colors, also worn on days of religious observance or special commemorative events. Blue is the color of the warrior and of protection. Royal blue or navy blue turbans are common among Sikh ministers and Gyanis, especially in India. Orange represents wisdom.
• Black and Navy Blue are more popular with the younger generation and also worn at more formal events.
• Black turbans are believed to represent the surrender of the ego.
• Camouflage pattern is worn by military personnel.