How to Wrap a Beautiful Turban

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How to Wrap a Beautiful Turban
In the Punjab region, turbans are traditionally worn by Sikhs. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Turbans are a popular headwear worn in the Middle East, Southwest Asia and North Africa to keep cool in a hot, arid climate. The cloth is usually a few yards in length and can vary in size according to the region, culture and religion. In northern India, turbans are called "Pagri," which are worn by men and are manually tied around the head. In Afghanistan and Pakistan, men wear a variety of different turbans called "Lungee." Turbans came into fashion in America and were worn by women in the 1920s and '30s. Turbans can be ready to wear or can be created by wrapping scarves around the head.

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Things you need

  • Cotton fabric, 3 yards long by 45 inches wide
  • Rectangular scarf
  • Square scarf

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    Traditional Turban Wrap

  1. 1

    Put hair in a bun.

  2. 2

    Fold fabric in half lengthwise so the final width is 22 inches.

  3. 3

    Center the fabric over the forehead, allowing it to touch the bridge of the nose.

  4. 4

    Twist the ends on either side and make one knot at the base of the neck.

  5. 5

    Tighten the head covering by tucking it into the knot. This pulls it snug against the head and will anchor the whole turban.

  6. 6

    Cross the twisted ends in front and tie with a square knot. Tuck in the ends.

    Rectangular Scarf Turban Wrap

  1. 1

    Take the middle of the scarf and put it behind the head. Put it over the top of the head so the front of the scarf is on the top of the head.

    How to Wrap a Beautiful Turban
    Turbans can provide a high fashion look. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)
  2. 2

    Take the sides to the top of the head. Cross these over, make a twist and take the sides around to the back of the head.

  3. 3

    Tie the two sides at the back of the head. Tuck excess material underneath.

  4. 4

    Take the top part of the turban and tuck it in under the front of the turban.

    Square Scarf Turban Wrap

  1. 1

    Fold square scarf into a triangle.

  2. 2

    Put the triangle on top of the head.

  3. 3

    Take the two sides and bring these up to the head. Twist the sides together at the front of the head.

  4. 4

    Take the two sides and bring around to the back of the head. Tie the sides together or fasten with a safety pin.

  5. 5

    Tuck in the top part of the triangle on the top of the head underneath the front end of the scarf.

Tips and warnings

  • For smaller scarves, follow the instructions for wrapping a turban with a square scarf, but tie the ends around the front of the head in a bow or a knot.

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