"his loincloth and earth-coloured unstitched cloak"
Loincloths and unstitched ochre colored shawls or robes are commonly worn by ascetics as a symbol of renunciation of material possessions. It is also a form of austerity and self-denial of any form of pleasure or safeguard against the wrath of nature. Earth-color is a colored mineral, such as seinna, or ochre used as a pigment to dye the clothes worn by Sadhus
, or ascetics. Earth-color was the cheapest and most widely available dye for clothes.