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Basics About A Sikh Turban

By Lela Perkins

Sikh turban or turbans go by various names like pagg, dastar, and pagri among many others. The names vary depending on the area and language. Dastars are commonly associated with Sikhism. Tying a pagg is obligatory among khalsa men. The two terms khalsa and amitdhari refer to baptized men among the Sikhs. There are several reasons as to why individuals put on paggs.

These head covers are based on cloth winding. It is a symbol of piety, honor, courage, self-respect among other many reasons. Members of Khalsa community who serve their communities self-lessly are honored with dastars. They act as a unique identity for various groups. Some special models are worn as part of medication, especially among cancer patients who experience hair loss due to medication. Among desert dwellers, they are worn to keep off dust and sand.

As a symbol of responsibility, the first-born son to a deceased man is presented with one. The presentation is done in a dastar wearing ceremony. In these ceremonies, the eldest sons wear paggs in front of a big congregation to imply their taking of responsibilities of their dead fathers. It is only after these ceremonies that they are then fully recognized as the heads of the family.

Some pagris signify purity and moral values. In certain communities around the globe, pagri wearers are taken for protectors of the less unfortunate. In war times, women trust dastar-wearing warriors easily as they battle for freedom for everyone including the weak in society. They are some form of liberators who are against all that is in just.

These head gears come in many styles. People of both genders can put on pagris. Those worn by children are known as rumal or patkas among other names. Among the styles worn by men include nok also known as double Patti. It a large pagri with fewer winds around the head. A nok is in form of a 6-meter cloth that is cut into two three-meter pieces. The two pieces are sewn together creating a double patti.

Both light and heavy materials can be used to make paggs. Mal mal is a very light type of pagg, which is made of very fine material. Rubia are standard weight weaves whereas viole is a lightweight weave. Domalla is a twofold length pagg of 10 or more yards in length. Patka is square shaped and is one meter in length. When it comes to styles of dastars, there is no given limitation as anyone can come with their own distinct styles.

Pagg wearers and non-wearers all over the world are somehow in danger. There are instances when non-pagri wearers become a target for certain groups, who either murder or despise them. Cases of dastar wearers being deported or refused entry in some states have been reported. Such states seem to associate pagg wearers with terrorist groups, thus their firm stands. To counteract this people should be educated about turbans to avoid such bad treatment.

When in need of a Sikh turban there are many online firms that sell them at reasonable prices. They stock pagris of all types, colors and makes. They can be reached through their websites over the internet.

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