Thursday, November 27, 2008
A turban is a standard headdress worn in India. Fabric lengths up to twenty feet are wound and engineered on a man’s head to protect him from the sun and heat. The thickness of the turban serves to insulate the head and prevent the hot sun from penetrating through the thickness of cloth.
The specific fabrication, and the style in which the turban is wrapped serve to identify the region, and often the village a man is from.
Today, we visited the City Palace Museum in Jaipur (India), and one of the guards was gracious enough to demonstrate the wrapping of his turban. He unwound his finished headdress to show us the length of cloth which was close to twenty feet. He commenced the wrapping process by holding the tail of one end of cloth in his mouth (in reserve for later). Then, he proceeded to wrap… and wrap… and wrap, using up the length of cloth. As you can see below, he finished the process and tucked the held end in place, and allowed an extension of approximately 5 feet to dangle down his center back.
The entire wrapping process took less than a minute. You could tell that he had done this before!