Indian women with red colour applied
on the dividing part of their hair. The colour is made of a red powder
sindura and indicates that these women are married. The
tradition of applying red colour derives from
Aryan society, when the groom used to
apply his blood on the dividing part of the hair of his bride, as seal and
recognition of the matrimony.
Nowadays, often just a small
vermilion dot, known as a
is applied on the forehead, between the eyebrows. This then symbolizes a drop of
blood. Sometimes the bindi is still applied in addition to the red
colour on the hairline (fig.).