TYPES OF TURBANS USED IN INDIA

SAFA

SAFAS ARE A KIND OF TURBANS USED IN INDIA. THEY ARE MADE FROM A SINGLE STRIP OF COLORFUL CLOTH MEASURING AROUND 30 FEET LONG AND 5 FEET WIDE. THE COLOR, SHAPE AND PATTERN OF A TURBAN ARE AN INDICATOR OF A MAN’S ORIGIN, PROFESSION AND POSITION IN INDIAN SOCIETY. COLORS AND PATTERNS CAN CHANGE ACCORDING TO THE SEASON AND TO SIGNIFY SPECIAL OCCASIONS. THESE KIND OF TURBANS ARE BASICALLY USED IN INDIA.

PEAKED TURBAN

PEOPLE FOLLOWING THE SIKH RELIGION MOST COMMONLY WEAR A PEAKED TURBAN. THEIR FAITH DICTATES THAT THEY SHOULD NOT CUT THEIR HAIR, SO THE TURBAN ALLOWS THEM TO NEATLY STOW IT. MORE DEVOULT SIKHS ALSO REFRAIN FROM CUTTING THEIR BEARDS.

PAGRI

A PAGARI IS A TYPE OF TURBAN MADE FROM CLOTH MEASURING 78 FEET IN LENGTH AND 6 INCHES IN WIDTH. THE PAGARI RASAM IS A FORMAL INDIAN OCCASION WHERE THE ELDEST SON WEARS A PAGARI TO SIGNIFY THAT HE HAS TAKEN OVER AS HEAD OF THE FAMILY FOLLOWING THE PREVIOUS HEAD’S DEATH. FAMILIES WHO WISH TO EXPRESS THEIR LOYALTY TO ANOTHER FAMILY MAY CONDUCT A SYMBOLIC EXCHANGE OF PAGARIS.

PATKA

THE PATKA IS A TYPE OF TURBAN WORN BY YOUNG SIKH BOYS WHO KNOT THEIR AT THE TOP OF THEIR HEAD. ADULT SIKHS MAY WEAR A PATKA BENEATH THEIR MAIN TURBAN AS A FORM OF UNDERGARMENTS. THE PATKA IS SOMETIMES WORN FOR SPORTS OR AS A CASUAL HEADDRESS.

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