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Why do Rajasthanis wear turbans?

A turban is locally called ‘Pagari’ or ‘Pagadi’ in India. The turbans that are worn in Rajasthan are commonly referred to as the ‘Pagari’ or ‘Safa’.

Rajasthanis wear turbans because it showcases their social status. The way of wearing a turban has become the symbol of status and honour of men.

The importance of wearing a turban in Rajasthan is primarily of a tradition, position, respect, and culture more than that of the religion.

This turban is a type of headdress that is worn covering the head with a long piece of cloth being manually tied.

In Rajasthan, a turban is mostly worn by men on their head. While the women cover their head using their saree or dupatta scarf.

Why do Rajasthanis wear turbans? Why it’s important?

Rajasthanis wear turbans because its a major part of their long-lasting traditions. That’s the primary reason.

But, there are several other reasons as well.

The turbans indicate the wearer’s social class, state, caste, region, and also the occasion it is being worn for.

The Rajasthanis wear turbans because,

  • It indicates their high social esteem and status in the society.
  • It’s the part of their long-lasting royal culture and tradition that is known throughout the world.
  • It is more of a tradition and culture much more than the religion itself.
  • Turban in Rajasthan is an important aspect of man’s dress code.
  • The turban serves as a symbol of pride and prestige of the men who wear it.
  • In various families, mainly in the Rajput families, it is still a ritual for men and boys to wear the turban on any special occasion or festival.
  • In order to safeguard their knowledge and energy, they cover their head with turbans. It is said that the back of their head holds down the acquired information and knowledge and one should protect that using a turban.
  • In Rajasthan, it’s believed that covering the bare head is necessary for both women and men before one goes in front of their elders. So, the men do wear turbans.
  • Some often use the turban to keep their head cool. The cloth of the turban is kept soaked in water overnight and tied in the morning.
  • Many often say that it protects the head of the people of Rajasthan against the harsh climate, heat, humidity, sand, and even the dry environment.
  • A quick hack: It also serves as a pillow or a cover during a nap. It is also used by thirsty travellers to draw water from the well.

What do different colored turbans mean?

People generally wear different types of turbans that indicate different castes and different regions. It is always good and fascinating to keep surrounded by colors rather than boredom.

Turbans of Rajasthan are really colorful with a variety of designs, the art of wearing, style, and of course the outlook.

Do you know? The style of turban changes every 15 km. And there are more than 1000 kinds of turban types and their styles of wearing.

You know what? Every city has its own theme and color. And, so the turban color changes as well in the majority of the cases.

The colors of the turbans are literally a small proof showing the colors of Rajasthan. Interesting, right?

When asked about their colorful turbans, they say, “It is always good and fascinating to keep surrounded by colors rather than boredom.”

And, I do believe that’s true and matches well with the state as well.

Who wears what color of turbans?

CommunityTurban Color
Ram SnehiWhite Turban
KabirRed Turban
SanyasiOrange or Orche Colored Turban
RajputSignature Triangular colored turban with Red, White, Yellow, Green, and Blue color in it.
Langa KalbeliyaVaries colored turbans with check prints
JatsSilky White Turban
BishnoisWhite Turban

We will know more about it.

So, what you need to do? Yeah, just keep reading!

Why do people in desert areas put on turbans?

Primarily, it is said that the people of the desert areas put on a turban in order to protect their head and be safe from the extremely scorching heat of the sun.

Scholars say that members of ancient desert tribes wore turbans to protect themselves from the extreme level of heat in the desert during the daytime.

With these things in mind it was seen that with days passing by, the wearing of turban has now become a part of their tradition and so finds a respectable place into considering the high esteem of the people in the society.

Scientific reasons over the course of history have shown that the people living in the deserts have optimized their solutions for desert survival during their long tenure in this desert.

However, nobody actually knows the exact origin of the turban, yet this form of headwear has been around for more than 3,000 years as of now.

Assyrian carvings from that era depict kings wearing the turbans by the people and even by the animals in some scenarios.

In cause of a protection from the adverse effect of the sun, the people have been wearing some kinds of scarfs and turbans on their head since millenniums long.

Whatever be its cause? It doesn’t matter.

But, it can said that, the turban material is up to 12 feet long. One of the major reasons why people wear this piece of cloth is for protection, particularly in a desert climate.

Turbans are worn throughout the world by a variety of religious groups from India to Africa to Europe, and these also have been seen as a symbol of nobility and respect.

Different types of Rajasthani turbans

Do you know, there’s a fact? The next state after Punjab where the turbans are very popular is the colorful state of Rajasthan.

This sounds incredible, right? The styles and the variety of the turbans are also popular as well.

Different styles of pagdis (turbans) are indicated by the color of the cloth used for tying them.

Some of the different types of Pagdis are:

#1. Safa Pagdi: This is mostly worn by grooms during their marriage. It measures about 9 metres in length and 10 metres in width. This turban is worn by different colors in good or bad contexts by the royal family. Today the Jodhpuri “Safa Pagdi” has become the most common headgear all over Rajasthan.

#2. Falgunia Pagdi: These type of Pagdis are basically with white and red dyes in it. It is like a white turban with the ends dyed in red. The Falgunia Turban, having white and red patterns is mostly worn at the time of Holi (festival of color).

#3. Dussehra Pagdi: It’s a saffron-colored turban. It is worn mostly during the Dussehra festival time.

#4. Motiya Pagdi: It’s a pearl pink-colored turbans. This turban indicating pearl pink color is commonly worn during the month of July which a month of seasonal transition.

#5. Lahariya Pagdi: This turban is a lengthy one with 2 to 3 combinations of colors in it. This turban has a kind of feather-like cloth coming out of the top part and long length of cloth falling down from the back-downside. This is mostly worn during any occasion.

#6. Chunari Pagdi: This is mostly worn during the Diwali time. The famous Black Chunari (tie-dyed) with the red borders is mainly used at the time of Diwali (festival of lights). The most popular color is red with intricate dotted prints in it.

#7. Mothara Pagdi: This kind of turban can be distinguished by its tiny round circles. It is generally worn during Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan.

There are 1000 ways to wear a turban. Some of these ways with the Pagdis turbans are:

  • Jallori from Jallore
  • Bhatti from Jaisalmer
  • Shahi Jodhpuri Turban or the royal turban
  • The Jaisalmer merchants Turban
  • The Banswara Turban
  • Jaipuri Turban from Jaipur
  • The Alwar turban
  • The  Sirohi turban.

The turbans and their colors differ with occassions too. Some of these are:

  • The “Durbari Turban” of Dholpur was to be worn while attending the royal durbar or court.
  • There were “Shikari turbans” to be worn while hunting.
  • Saffron Coloured Turbans are considered the most sacred color and is worn at weddings.
  • Dark blue, black, khaki colored turbans are worn during the period of mourning on someone’s death.


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