Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Does a Turban Have to be Tied Every Day?

Tying a turban is an event which occurs every morning in the life of a Sikh. Whenever the turban is removed it is to be unwrapped carefully so that it never touches the floor, shaken out, stretched and folded neatly so as to be ready for the next use. The daily routine includes the care and cleanliness of the kes (hair) and beard. In addition to the morning schedule, the hair may be combed and the turban retied after work, before evening prayers, or before bedtime. Many Sikhs wash their hair before morning meditation on a daily basis rinsing it with clear water or shampooing. Prior to tying a turban:
  • The kanga, a wooden comb, is used to detangle the kes and apply oil if desired.
  • The kes is twisted into a joora, a knot, or coil atop the head.
  • The kanga helps to secure the joora and is kept with the hair at all times.
  • The keski, a protective length of cloth, is used by some Sikhs to cover and twist the joora, binding the hair atop the head.

Sikh men or women who wear a keski often tie a second turban or domalla, over the keski. A chunni is a long lightweight scarf worn by many Sikh women to cover their hair which may also be used to adorn a keski or a turban. Many Sikh children wear a square piece of turban called a patka tied over their joora. They may have their kes braided before being bound up to keep it from becoming tangled should their turban come off during play, or while asleep. Because the turban and keski help with the management of long hair, at bedtime an Amritdhari, or initiated Sikh, may choose to:
  • Sleep with a small turban tied over the joora.
  • Drape a small turban or keski over their head to cover the joora.
  • Wear the kes loose and draped with a small turban or keski.
  • Braid the kes and drape the head with a small turban or keski.

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