Turbans, Garment for Men in Rajasthan


Turban in India is undoubtedly very attractive. Rajasthan also showcases beautifully designed turbans. It’s mentioned in Vedas that in ancient times, men used to wear usnisa (an unstitched costume) on the head or around shoulders. Headgear is a special clothing to cover the head and show great image.

In Rajasthan pagari or turban is also worn to show the manhood. It is also related to the respect and goodwill of the elder man in a family or society. Vedic literature also shows that turban was also an important headgear for women. This can be seen in the portraits and paintings exhibited in many museums.

Turban is called by so many names in Rajasthan according to different regions. Such names include shamla, aspagadi, mandil, sofa, pag and potia. The way of tying this headgear, design, color, measurements, materials, accessories and embellishments are determined by a number of factors. All these aspects show the personality of the wearer like economic, occupation, region, social status and region. Turbans in Rajasthan are made of fine muslin such as fabric. Quality materials are used to make turbans. This is the reason why turbans are very popular in this part of India.

The cloth of turban has varied width and length, commonly square and rectangular. Its length is normally 8-9 meters that can extend up to eighteen meters in a few situations. Moreover, its width varies. There are 2 common headgears famous in Rajasthan instead of turban i.e. safa and pagadi. Plenty of regional differences can also be seen.

Udaipuri pag is flat and Jaipur pagadi is available in angular. The size and shape depicts wonderful diversity as per the work the individual and changes in the climate. Turbans in desert include gol safa, loose and big. Various innovations have been also implemented to turbans. In the royal families of Rajasthan, so many artists were deployed to make unique turbans to show the special image of rulers.