Pagdi is a headdress that is worn by men in various parts of India. It is usually a long plain unstitched square cloth which needs to be manually tied on the head. Turbans usually are a mark of honour of the wearer. It reflects the cast, culture and sometimes the profession of the person. Different Pagdis symbolizes different occasions and casts. Listed below are the main types of Pagdis along with the various ways to tie them.
Rajasthani Pagdi (Wrap a Rajasthani Turban)
In Rajasthan Pagdis are most commonly worn even till date. Various styles, colours and sizes of pagdis can be witnessed here.A conventional pagdi is 82 inches long and 8 inches wide. Colorful turbans worn in Laheria or Bandani material makes their Pagdis the most colorful of the lot.
Kolhapuri / Maharashtrian Pheta
Pheta is the Maharashtrian Name for a turban. It is usually worn in ceremonies such as wedding or religious occasions. Typically the colour choice is saffron to indicate valour.A traditional Pheta is 3.5 to 6 meters long and 1 meter wide. In many arts male dignitaries are offered the Pheta as a gratitude gesture.
Dastar/Pagg- Step by Step
Dastar/Pagg is one of the most important parts of the Sikh Culture. Wearing a Pagg is mandatory for all AmrtidhariSikh men. It is a symbol of honour and self- respect.Sikhs wear a dastar, to cover their long uncut hair which was the wish of their last guru, Guru Gobind Singh.Wearing a Pagg is generally taught by the elders of the family, the young boys also wear a small napkin called a Patka on their head.
Royal Mysore Peta
The Kings of Mysore wore rich bejeweled turbans made of silk and jari, to match their royal colorful dresses.Even today the Mysore Peta is a symbol of heritage and honour. Indian grooms are generally seen wearing such rich turbans on the marriage day.
Method to Tie a Turban
To wear a perfect pagdi takes years of practice and patience. There are many things to take into consideration before trying to tie a turban. For instance the material of the Pagdi. The material should not be very smooth instead a little rough texture is preferred so that it doesn’t slip easily and is tightly rested on the head. Secondly the length and width, different types of pagdis have particular sizes of material. Make sure the material u purchase has the required length.
The colour or the design of the pagdi depends on the occasion it has to be worn on.You also need to prepare your hair for the pagdi. In case of Sikhs they have to tie their hair in a small bun above the head.
The tying of the pagdi is started by turning the cloth around you head in tight circles covering the entire head. Once the head is completely covered, the last end of the material is tucked in tightly so that it stays firmly in place.
The Pagadi can be wore in a 1000 different styles and types, each denoting the class, religion and caste. It is worn in various colors and style which marks as a symbol of a Complete Man.