By Vikas Jha( 09 th July, 2008)
Turban, also known as Pagdi
in Hindi, is strangely related with
pride of man in India. Turban is ubiquitous head accessory in north India,
especially in Rajasthan. Even in the big cities like Jaipur or Udaipur, a
man without sporting his turban is not considered to be formally dressed.
Turban is also associated with the status of a man. Even pagdi or turban
inspired lyricists to write patriotic songs, especially in the pre
independence days. The elders of a family often advise their children to
safeguard their turban.
Turban in Rajasthan is an important aspects of man's dress code. Sikh
community also have religious significance of turban. In Punjab, turban is
known as safa
, also an accessory that exuberantly
sport for ceremonial occassions such as weddings or in any festival.
The significance of turban is different in Rajasthan. It is more of a
tradition and culture more than religion. It becomes a colourful and vibrant
part of their daily attire. It is a common site in villages of Rajasthan
when people are seen in vibrant and huge complicated turbans. Turban
orginated in the Rajput families where it was an ritual for men to wear at
any special occasion. Even children were also sported with colourful
Now a days, pagdi tradition has been reduced to only villagers, yet in any
major festival or wedding ceremony people sport with this head accessory.
Rajasthani turbans can be weaved with as long as 82 feet long and eight
inches wide piece of cloth, also serves as a pillow or a cover during a nap.
On ocassions, it was also used by thirsty travellers to draw water from the
It is estimated that there are approximately 1000 styles and types of
turbans in Rajasthan, so much so that the style of tying it can change every
15 kilometers in the countryside. Turban tying also an art that require
significant practice. In Rajasthan, turban indicates where its wearer comes
from, what he does for a living and what position he enjoys in society.
Today, cultural norms are being changed drastically but still Rajasthani
people have anchored their traditions and culture. It is undoubtedly a
complex and colourful symbol of a proud heritage.
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