Sunday, December 27, 2020

Rajput Pagdi

Rajputana  Pagdi  

Turbans worn in Rajasthan are referred to as the pagari. They vary in style, colour and size. They also indicate a wearer's social class, caste, region and the occasion it being worn for. Its shape and size may also vary with the climatic conditions of the different regions. Turbans in the hot desert areas are large and loose. Farmers and shepherds, who need constant protection from the elements of nature, wear some of the biggest turbans. The Rajasthani turban also has many practical functions. Exhausted travellers use it as a pillow, a blanket or a towel. It can be used to strain muddy water. An unravelled turban can also be used as a rope to draw water from a well with a bucket.

Prominent styles are pencha, sela and safa, although several local variants exist. A conventional pagari is usually 82 inches long and 8 inches wide. A Safa is shorter and broader. Ordinarily a turban of a single colour is worn. However, turbans of one of more colours may be worn by the elite or during special occasions such as festivals or weddings, etc.Rajasthani turbans are a prominent tourist attraction. Tourists are often encouraged to participate in turban-tying competitions.

The brilliant pages of history, which exhibit the rise of this social clothing follows back to the seventh century that characterized the standard of the Rajputs. It was amid their period when these turbans were inherently designed and weaved with the best strings of cotton and silk and were belittled and advanced as an image of status and character. The Rajput Kings brandished this conventional turban in various hues and styles as per the events in the lofty court.

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