Photographer's Note

This friendly man was very proud of his turban.
We met him in Ranakpur Jain Temple.

The shape, size and color of turbans vary, with the cloth's length being up to 45 meters. In some areas, especially in Rajasthan the turban's size may indicate the position of the person in society.

In Hindi, an Indian Language, a turban is called a pagdi.

There are many variations of the traditional headdress, depending on the region and religion. In fact, it is said that, in Rajasthan the style of the turban changes with every 15 km you travel. The Rajput turbans are different from Sikh turbans, which are in turn different from the classical Arab turbans. The Sikh pagdi is also called dastar, which is a more respectful word in Punjabi for the turban.

"Royalty" in different parts of India have distinctly different styles of turbans, as do the "Peasants" who often just wear a towel wound round the head.

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