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Funny Turbans Around The World

By Cathy Mercer

People from all over the world have been wearing turbans for centuries. Although the main reasons they were worn in the past was for religious reasons and for protection against cold and heat, this has changed over the years. They are now being worn by many women as fashion accessories and there has even been a recent trend towards wearing funny turbans, embellished in amusing ways.

The culture or group the wearer belongs to will usually dictate how such headgear is tied. The colors worn are usually chosen because of their cultural significance. This helps to establish the identity of the individual. Sometimes the wearing of this headgear is misunderstood by outsiders who are not aware of the significance to the individual.

Some amazing sights are still to be seen amongst wearers of different types of head attire. The Sikh warrior monks are an example of this. They wear enormous blue conical head coverings embellished with steel. They still carry swords and are held in high regard by those who know the history of their fierceness in battle.

Rajasthan in North India is also a place where many interesting items of headgear may be seen. The size of headgear indicates the position of a man in society. As there are so many different ways of tying them and color combinations, where a man comes from and his job can be deduced simply from the headgear he wears. The tying is regarded as an art that requires practice.

The Sikhs regard the turban is a gift from their guru. It is not just a piece of cloth to them but has great religious significance. It indicates the self crowning of the individual. The traditional colors of Sikhism are saffron orange, representing courage and wisdom and blue being the color of valor. White and black are also commonly worn and red may be worn for weddings.

A turban is a sacred item for many people and this should be respected. However, for some wearing one is simply an expression of style or an opportunity to be different. Piedad Cordoba who is a politician in Colombia, makes a point of wearing colorful, ornate headgear and she is well known for this. Many African woman can be seen wearing beautifully colorful, patterned headgear.

If you are wanting to purchase a turban, this may be done at various stores, including from many online suppliers. Searching online helps to source these items with the least amount of effort. There are a wide selection available to choose from at reasonable prices.

The turban has been around for centuries and is sure to continue being worn for many centuries to come. It has cycled in and out of fashion over the years and funny turbans are trending now. They can be embellished in many different ways, providing a means of creative expression and giving those more daring people a chance to stand out from the crowd.

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