Tale of a turban

resting turbans

The turbans of Rural Rajasthan are the most colourful and impressive in the whole of India. The use of turbans was basically started by the Rajput community, who reside in Rajasthan and wear distinct turbans.

 In the Hindi language, turban is known as Paag, Safa or Pagri. It is also said that the style of the turban changes with every 15 km you travel within the geographical boundaries of Rajasthan. In some parts of the region, the size of turban indicate the position of the person in the society they live. 

 The Maharajas of Rajasthan were also known for their colourful traditional costumes and grand turbans. The turbans are worn as a long scarf wrapped around the head of men, as a sign of identification and social prestige. Each colour of the turban has its own importance and significance. Ochre is the colour of the mendicant, while the saffron is commonly worn at the time of weddings. In the medieval past, the saffron colour also denoted valour and chivalry. A turban is usually 82 feet long and 8 inches wide and achieving different styles with this unstitched cloth, requires great skill.


Rajasthani turban

Skilled maidens in turban tying, were employed by the royal courts, but Rajasthanis generally take pride in practicing and perfecting the art of turban-tying themselves. When the rulers were besieged by an enemy, and food and water supplies were scarce, desperate warriors wearing saffron turbans would sneak out of their citadels to lead  a sudden surprise

rabari shepherd


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