How to Tie a Gypsy Scarf Turban

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How to Tie a Gypsy Scarf Turban
Turbans are commonly worn in the Middle East, but can also be part of fashion in Western culture. (turban image by Kai Koehler from

Turbans are commonly associated with fashion in the Middle East, but the simple headwear can also be part of a gypsy costume. Also, turbans are becoming more common among United States trend setters. Fashion reporters speculated in late 2010 that turbans would make a comeback in fashion shows and on city streets. The headwear can be wrapped in less than five minutes and gives wearers unlimited colour options. Also, thin stocking caps can be worn under the turban to provide a multicoloured look.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 1-meter by 5-meter cotton cloth or scarf
  • Thin stocking cap (optional)

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  1. 1

    Put on the stocking cap, if you wish to wear one under the turban.

  2. 2

    Fold the piece of cloth in half long way, and repeat until the cloth is 4 to 5 inches wide and 5 meters long.

  3. 3

    Make a 1-inch fold along the top of the cloth to create a tidy edge. You will have a cloth 3 to 4 inches wide and 5 meters long.

  4. 4

    Hold one end of the cloth about halfway down the nape of your neck, with the 1-inch flap closest to your head. Bring the cloth around the left side of your head, angling it up toward your forehead.

  5. 5

    Wind the cloth back around the right side of your head to the back of your head, down near your neck. The cloth should be higher on the right side of your head and lower on the left.

  6. 6

    Repeat the wrapping. Each layer should be wrapped slightly lower on the right side and slightly higher on the left side, until the turban evenly covers both sides of your head. There will be a hole left on the top of your head at this point.

  7. 7

    Fold the final layer in half over itself before bring it up to the top of your head. Tuck the folded end into the hole at the top of the turban, toward your face.

  8. 8

    Pull out the first layer up through the hole in the turban, finding it by grabbing the loose end at the nape of your neck. Pull a 6-inch piece of cloth out, and unfold the layer. Tuck the cloth into the back of the turban, covering the hole at the top of your head.

Tips and warnings

  • Refold the cloth as you wind around your head it if it unfolds. Smooth the folds as you go.
  • Do not wrap the turban too tightly, but make sure it is not too loose.
  • This could take several tries to master, but the technique is easy once you get the hang of it.

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