Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Significance of the Groom’s Turban

Turbans are known for their beauty and elegance and are an essential part of the groom’s attire at Indian weddings. They are made from a single strip of cloth and are available in various styles. The name varies depending on the style. They are known by various names like pagari, pencha, sela, or safa.
 A pagari is usually 52 feet long and 9 inches wide as compared to a safa which is shorter and broader.
Wedding turbans are usually pink or red in colour.  The fabric used varies from region to region, like silk turbans are famous among Punjabi grooms where as Rajasthani grooms opt for bandhini turbans.
Turbans add a touch of royalty and grace to the outfit. According to olden belief, turbans are a symbol of self respect, prosperity and reflect the dynamic personality of a man. They also enhance the look of the groom on the big day.
In olden times there were not many patterns and styles and also the choice of fabric was very limited. That’s not the case today; nowadays you get turbans matching to the outfit and the various folds in the turban are decorated with gems, beads, zardosi work, raw silk patti borders moti work brocade patti, colored crystals work with pearl strings attached. .
The groom’s turban is usually ornamented with embroidery of beads or Kalgi. Kalgiis a brooch which is studded with stones and has a feather attached. It can be either tied or pinned to the turban. This usually reflects the social status of the family.

Modern turbans are mostly stitched and can be easily worn and taken off as opposed to the traditional ones. Turbans definitely add a royal touch in the groom’s outfit.

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