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7.22.2011

[ TYING TURBANS ] Colours of Rajasthan

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Apparently (as I should really have already guessed in India, a land of spirituality and symbolism, the dazzling colours of Rajasthani dress are not always worn solely for aesthetic purposes. For example, turban (safas, paags or pagris) colour may differ depending on caste, religion, origin or occasion, as with way a turban is tied.  So (with a little help from ‘The Book’ –aka Lonely Planet- here’s a little colour chart for you all to use when studying my numerous photos of Hindu Rajasthani inhabitants, as seen in the examples above and:

Colour
Worn by
Significance

Saffron

Rajputs (NW Rulers/ warriors)

Chivalry
Blue
Brahmins (priests & scholars)
Origin/caste
Brown
Dalits (formerly Untouchables)
Origin/caste
Black
Nomads
Origin/caste
Multi coloured turbans
Hindus
Festivals
White + certain shades of green and blue 
Yellow
Hindu men and widows

Working class or farmers
Sadness, morning 

Origin/caste or 
Connection to the divine 
Red + yellow sari
Mothers
Birth of a son




NB: the Caste system is not recognized by the Indian constitution although in many areas its significance still remains part of daily life.

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