~ * ~ * ~ * ~
"The Girl Books" are told from the perspective of the girl, here is a list of those books:
Book 7: Captive of Gor
Book 11: Slave Girl of Gor
Book 19: Kajira of Gor
Book 22: Dancer of Gor
Book 26: Witness of Gor
Book 27: Prize of Gor
Slave Silk, Its Color and Meaning
Guardsman of Gor Book 16 Page 108
There is much confusion in the online environment over the color of slave silk and what the color of this silk means.
I have researched the series and have collected here an exhaustive reference of silk colors.
There are, in fact, 12 different variations of color.
However, nowhere in the writings is the color of silk an indication of the 'level' of a slave.
In other words, unlike the belt color of a karate student, a slave does not start out in one color, progress through other colors and finally attain a coveted color.
Predominantly though, there do seem to be a couple of color preferences. One is that many paga slaves are dressed in yellow silk and another that many dancing slaves are dressed in scarlet.
However this is simply not a hard fast rule. In fact, there are no "rules" at all.
But what about the muchly debated topic of "white silk" and "red silk"?
First, these three quotes:
"Are you white silk?" I asked.Notice, it is obvious that the terms of 'white silk' and 'red silk' do not refer to the color of clothing the slave is wearing but instead to whether or not she is a virgin.
Does this mean that every virgin must then be dressed in white silk?
Notice these quotes:
"I have put you in red silk," I said. "Is it appropriate?"
Two different girls are mentioned.
The first, a virgin, is literally dressed in red silk. The color did not remove her virginity.
The second, no longer a virgin, was dressed in white silk. The color of white silk did not restore her hymen.
It simply pleased the particular master that they were dressed in the color they were.
In other words, a virgin need not be dressed in white, any more than a slave who is no longer a virgin be dressed in red.
To put it another way, if every virgin had to be dressed in white silk, then every girl no longer a virgin would have to be dressed in red silk. Obviously such a 'rule' simply does not exist. There are many different colors of slave silk.
To be sure, of course, the color of the garment, on Gor, would not be likely to be white, but, commonly, red or yellow. White, on Gor, is a color commonly associated with virginity. It is, accordingly, worn by few slaves.In conclusion, all conjecture aside, and by the Books, this quote is the final authority.
A "white-silk girl" is a virgin; one who is not a virgin is sometimes referred to as a "red-silk girl." This need not refer, literally, of course, to the color of their garmenture.On the right, and by color, are relevant references from the Books where silk colors are mentioned.
It is my hope that this effort will help you to better understand the meaning of silk colors.
I make no pronouncements on these matters, but report them as I find them.
Arrive at your own conclusions.
I wish you well,