Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Why Are There Different Turban Styles?

Style and color may reflect association with particular group of Sikhs, religious conviction, or fashion. There are many different styles and colors of turban. A longer turban is usually worn in a formal setting such as a business occasion, a wedding, a religious program, or celebration. Popular colors are blue, black, white, and orange. Red is often worn for weddings. A woman’s head scarf, or veil, is traditionally coordinated with whatever she happens to be wearing. It may be solid color or have a variety of contrasting colors. Many have decorative embroidery.
Turbans also come in variety of fabrics from light weight to heavy such as:
  • Mal Mal - A very lightweight fine fabric.
  • Voile - A lightweight weave.
  • Rubia - A medium weight dense weave.

Turban styles include but are not limited to:
  • Domalla - Double length turban of 10 or more yards or meters.
  • Pagri - Double width turban of five to six yards or meters.
  • Dastar - A single turban of four to six yards or meters.
  • Keski - A short turban of two or more yards or meters.
  • Patka - A square of half to one yard or meter, tied over the joora (top knot) and head.
  • Fifty - A half yard or meter worn beneath turban usually in contrasting or decorative color.

Scarf Styles include but are not limited to:
  • Chunni - A sheer lightweight veil of up to two and half yards, or meters, usually one solid color and may or may not have embroidery.
  • Dupatta - A double wide decorative veil of up to two and half yards, or meters, often embroidered on fabric of contrasting colors.
  • Rumal - Any square or triangular cloth worn as a head cover.

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