How to Make a Muslim Turban

Updated February 21, 2017

Turbans are used all over the world, and were said to have been worn by the Muslim prophet Muhammad. In the world of turbans, the loose end is often called an adhaba. The Central and Northern Moroccan styles of turban tying have no hanging adhaba. Indian and Pakistani styles often have one or two adhabas. Muhaniq style from Northern and West Africa does not have an adhaba but a chinstrap and arrangement of the turban atop the head instead. A turban is generally wrapped over an Islamic skullcap, or kufi.

Hold one end of the turban cloth clenched between your teeth. Hang the rest of the turban over the right shoulder.

Pull the rest of the cloth up and hold it behind the head over the right shoulder. You should have a loop that starts with the end in your mouth, goes down over your right shoulder about 1.5 feet and comes back up to the back of your head.

Wrap the remaining cloth around your head. The first wrap will hold the cloth to the back of the head, subsequent wraps should continue in a crisscross style. One side of the wrap lower on the head, one higher. Tuck the loose end into the folds of the turban when you reach the end.

Take the other end and place it where you like, either at your right shoulder or at the back.

Wrap the turban with two adhabas. Hold one end in your teeth, but make the loop down over your shoulder shorter than if wrapping a turban with one adhaba. When the remaining fabric is as long as the first adhabah, tuck a small part of the second adhabah into the folds and let the rest hang down.

Wrap the turban with no adhabas. Press the first end of the turban to your forehead with your right hand before wrapping.

Wrap the rest of the turban in a crisscross manner around the end held in your teeth, and tuck the other end into the folds.

Select a turban cloth that is approximately 7 feet to 8 feet long.

Clench one end of the cloth in your teeth.

Bring the turban cloth over the top of the head, wrap over the head, and bring it under the chin.

Bring the cloth back up to the top of the head and wrap the turban in a crisscrossing fashion. When you get to the end, tuck the loose end into the fold of the turban.

Let the first end loose from your teeth, tuck it into the fabric going under your chin, pull on the end.

Push back the turban slightly to reveal your forehead.

Pull slightly on the cloth under the chin.

Pull down the back part of the turban to cover the back of the head thoroughly.


Choose a soft material for the turban, like cotton. It is normal for the front of the turban to drape slightly in Muhaniq style.

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Darby Stevenson began writing in 1997 for his high-school newspaper, the "Alsea Valley Voice," which won him statewide awards for Best Feature Article and Best Personality Interview. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies and a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies from the University of Oregon.