Photostory: How to tie a turban

The Mehrangarh Fort at Jodhpur is one of the most impressive forts in Rajasthan and easily the best maintained and managed of all the Forts I visited during my Rajasthan trip in February this year.

It caters to all to all kinds of tourists and does it rather well without letting anyone feel left out. Quiet spots for contemplation; fantastic photo-ops for the serious or click-happy photographer; architecture, history and a jaw dropping collection of objets d’art on display for those interested in culture, design and history … the Fort has it all. But the activities that are the most popular and draw the tourists are the fun ones like ‘how to tie a turban’, ‘how to play chess’, having your palm read, etc.

That afternoon in February, I had just finished walking though one part of the museum at the Fort and was crossing one of the many courtyards there, when I saw a couple of international tourists requesting some Fort’s ‘volunteers’ to show them how a turban was tied. And within seconds, it was showtime.

Presenting the story of how a turban is tied in the words of the “demonstrator” 🙂

First we spread out the turban cloth to show how looooooong it is.

How to Tie a turban, Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

Then we kind of scrunch it up length-wise, take one end of the turban cloth and begin wrapping it around our head.

How to Tie a turban, Mehrangarh Fort, JodhpurWe wind the turban around our head just right — not too tight, not too loose.

How to Tie a turban, Mehrangarh Fort, JodhpurThe turban goes round and round and round …

How to Tie a turban, Mehrangarh Fort, JodhpurNow this is where the details become important. Why don’t you zoom in a bit. That’s perfect. Now see carefully, there has to be a nip there, a tuck here…

Followed by a pull here, a pull there … Don’t forget to straighten out that last metre of cloth for that final flourish…

How to Tie a turban, Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

The final metre of cloth, the final coil around the head…

How to Tie a turban, Mehrangarh Fort, JodhpurA last little tuck…

How to Tie a turban, Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpurand that final adjustment later…

How to Tie a turban, Mehrangarh Fort, JodhpurWe are done. Thank you for joining us 🙂

We are done. Thank you for joining usThe whole process must have hardly taken over in a minute, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Going through the photographs, I could not help noticing the expressions of the people in the background or how one of them pulls out his camera halfway through tying the turban.

One thing the photographs do not show is the excited squeals of the international tourists, who went “Wow” every 5 seconds or so. My request is that when you read this post or attempt to tie a turban, please do imagine the excited squeals in the background. It was highly entertaining. 😉

36 thoughts on “Photostory: How to tie a turban

  1. lovely post, Sudha! we saw someone demonstrating how to tie a turban when we were at Jaisalmer, but as u said, it was so quick, and I was completely unprepared, so, as usual, i have no pics 😦 and ur post brought back those memories!


  2. I did one better. I went, ‘Wow!’, ‘How cool!’ and ‘Amazing’ even as I squealed 😀 It brought back memories of my mother tying the turban for my father (he had a kudumi) when he was still working. The turban of course was like that of President Radhakrishnan and not anything like the Rajasthani one. She always got it right the first time as she clucked and tutted and went round him, adjusting the fit, with father sitting obediently. I was sometimes pressed in to assist her efforts 🙂


  3. Nearly every corporate event has this and at times Saree wearing tutorials too. highly entertaining they are. Now after the intelligent Ophrah visit perhaps there will be classes and demonstrations of How to Eat with Hands 🙂


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