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Asian mela in Glasgow is an annual event and this year there were Rajasthani music band from Jaipur. This is the special turban worn in Rajasthan which is very colourful and the background shows the typical art work in cotton sheets. He also had a wonderful moustache.
The turbans of Rajasthan are the most colourful and impressive in whole of the India. The use of turbans was basically started by the Rajput community, who reside in the Indian state of Rajasthan. They used to wear distinct turbans and the Hindi pronouncation of turban is Paag, Safa or Pagri. Once you experience the royal culture of Rajasthan, you will be amazed with the variations of colourful turbans.
It is said that the style of the turban changes with every 15 km you travel within the geographical boundaries of Rajasthan. In some parts of the region, the size of turban indicates the position of the person in the society they live.

Turbans add brilliant splash of colour and style to monotonous and barren lands. Each colour has its own importance and significance like Ochre is the colour of the mendicant, while the saffron is commonly worn at the time of weddings. In the medieval past, the colour saffron also denoted valour and chivalry. When besieged by an enemy, and food and water supplies were scanty, desperate warriors wearing saffron turbans would sneak out of their citadels to lead sudden surprise attacks on the enemy.
Turbans of specified colours are worn to mark periods of mourning. A white turban is worn for funeral processions by immediate family members. Whereas the khaki, blue and dark maroon are reserved for the solemnity of a condolence visit. Whereas in Rajasthan each caste have their own distinguishing colours, by which they are recognised, like shepherds wear red turbans, Bishnois, who are known as the most nomadic shepherd tribes and environmental conservationists, always wear white turbans and the other tribal communities wear printed turbans.

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  • Copyright: Arun Iyer (Aruns) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 37] (145)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2012-06-24
  • Categories: Festivals
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  • Date Submitted: 2012-06-24 13:08
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