The Pagan Basics series is for those looking to find out more about the basic concepts, symbols and values of paganism. A series of short articles which give explanations to some of paganism’s most fundamental concepts, images and shared understandings.
A robe is a full length garment which is worn for ritual purposes. Some pagans choose to wear one, as the act of putting specific clothing or jewellery on can be part of the preparation for a ritual or gathering.
Robes can be plain, or embroidered/ patterned, depending on personal choice. They can be hooded or not, again dependent on choice. If a particular path is followed, the symbolism or colouring may represent that, alternatively the robe may be velvet or tie-dyed.
A pagan may choose to have a different coloured robe for ritual at certain times of year to represent the turn of the seasons, or the set colours may denote the coven, or group to which they belong.