How to Wrap a Turban Sikh

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How to Wrap a Turban Sikh
There are several ways to tie a proper turban (Jupiterimages/ Images)

In the Sikh tradition, the turban is an outward sign of one's commitment to their practices and beliefs. It is meant to convey a sense of the wearer's royalty, grace and dedication to service. There are many variations on the turban. There is a simple way to tie a suitable turban in the Sikh tradition.

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Things you need

  • Mini-turban or Patka
  • Turban cloth, thin silk or cotton

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  1. 1

    Lay your turban fabric, silk or thin cotton measuring about 3 yards long and about 2 feet wide, out flat on the floor. Eliminate all wrinkles and folds.

  2. 2

    Fold the turban in half four times vertically, keeping the ends in line and the fabric taut. When you are done the silk will be about a palm-width wide.

  3. 3

    Walk towards your friend, rolling the silk neatly from underneath. This will be your working wrap, and you must keep the folds even and the fabric straight as you wrap. The resulting silk roll should be tight and all the folded edges even. Set your silk aside for now.

  4. 4

    Twist your hair up against your head. Sikhs traditionally keep their hair very long, so brush your hair out smooth, and twist it into a loop at the crown of your head. If your hair is long enough, lay the long twist in a circle around the back of your head, and tie a knot back at the crown. The resulting bun or knot should be quite tight.

  5. 5

    Fold your patka or mini-turban diagonally and tie it around your head like a bandanna, coming across your forehead and hanging long down the back.

  6. 6

    Take the two ends of the patka, twist them into coils, and bring them together at your forehead and tie a knot.

  7. 7

    Take the first layer, or "pagh" of your turban off the roll, and hold it in your teeth with at least 7 inches of slack. Pulling tightly, unroll the turban under your ear, then up above your other ear and across your forehead, and finally back down over your first ear and behind your neck.

  8. 8

    Roll the second layer so it is slightly, just 1/2 inch or so, lower than the first as you cross toward your forehead. At the centre of your forehead the layers are even. As the silk passes back across the other side, bring it slightly higher than the previous layer. Repeat this pattern, moving higher up on one side and lower down on the other for six layers. By the end of the sixth layer both ears are equally covered.

  9. 9

    Tuck the remaining end into the back of your turban.

  10. 10

    Push your turban carefully upwards until it is comfortably above your eyebrows and midway up your ears. You should see a small bit of the patka peeking out from underneath.

  11. 11

    Locate the very first layer on the back, and gently pull it upwards to form a loose loop. You will see the original 7 inches of slack rise up as you do this. Unfold the loop and spread the silk over the exposed patka on top of your head. Tuck it in all around between the patka and your first layer, forming a smooth cap over your entire head.

  12. 12

    Bring the remaining slack around to the back of your turban, pull it up to the top of your layers, and tuck it in, hiding all loose ends.

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