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World's Most Unique Headgears Are In India
India has different cultures and traditions. The different and colorful headgear with their own peculiar and distinctive style prove that it is truly a land of diversity. Read on!

World's Most Unique Headgears Are In India:

  1. Punjab
  2. Maharashtra
  3. Mysore (Karnataka)
  4. Kashmir (Jammu & Kashmir)
  5. Assam
  6. Rajasthan
  7. Darjeeling (West Bengal)
  8. Ladakh (Leh) (Jammu & Kashmir)
  9. Kullu (Himachal Pradesh)
  10. Manipur
  11. Nagaland

1. A Sikh’s Dastaar or Pagri

A Sikh’s Dastaar or Pagrisource:

The turban or "pagri" often shortened to "pag" or "dastar" are different terms for a Sikh man’s headgear. This headgear is mandatory for all Khalsas. The style of the turban may vary between different Sikh orders and regions. It is worn to cover the long, uncut hair (termed kesh) that is one of the five outward symbols ordered by Guru Gobind Singh as a means to profess the Khalsa Sikh faith.

HolidayIQ Traveller Anmol Mehami shares, “I love Patiala and the Patiala shahi pagg.” Adds HolidayIQ Traveller Devika Dwivedi, “We spent one night and saw the Gurdwaras Dukh Nivaran. The famous fort Gila Mubarak, and the Kali temple. Everything was worth visiting. The city of Patiala is a modern city and very well planned. Broad clean streets. Good food joints and friendly people. Spotted a Sikh priest in a Hindu temple and was overwhelmed with respect for the Sikhs in general .”

2. Marathi’s Traditional Turban- Pheta

Marathi’s Traditional Turban- Phetasource: suhasdesale- flickr

Petha is the marathi turban worn during festivals and ceremonies.The traditional Pheta is a long cloth around 3.5 to 6 meters long and 1 meter wide. The colour of the headgear indicates the occasion. There are different pethas- the puneri, the kolhapuri, the mawali petha.

3. The Traditional Mysori Turban - Peta

The Traditional Mysori Turban - Petasource:

This headgear was traditionally worn in Mysore and Kodagu. Now the Mysore peta has been retained as a symbol of heritage antecedents. This is now used to honour distinguished people along with a shawl in formal functions.

HolidayIQ Traveller Vineeth shares, “Mysore is noted for its palaces, including the Mysore Palace, and for the festivities that take place during the Dasara festival when the city receives a large number of tourists. It lends its name to the Mysore style of painting, the sweet dish Mysore Pak, the Mysore Peta (a traditional silk turban) and the garment known as the Mysore silk saree. Tourism is the major industry, while information technology has emerged as a major employer alongside the traditional industries.”

4. Imamah- The Muslim Turban

Imamah- The Muslim Turbansource:

Imamah is a turban typically worn by the muslims. The material,  design and style is differnt  for each region. The most commonly worn colors are white, black, gray and green. The Imamah is normally  142 inches long  and 26.5 width.


5. Traditional Conical Hat From Assam- Jaapi

Traditional Conical Hat From Assam- Jaapisource:

Jaapi is a traditional conical hat from Assam made from tightly woven bamboo or cane and tokou paat. The word jaapi derives from jaap meaning a bundle of taku leaves. Traditionally ornamented Jaapis were used by the royalties of Assam.Today the jaapi is a symbol of Assam. It is worn in a style of bihu dance, used as protection against the elements, offered as a sign of respect in ceremonies, and placed as a decorative item around the house, especially near the front door as a welcome sign.

HolidayIQ Traveller Neelam Chaudhary from Jaipur shares, “Assam’s culture, natural beauty, traditional dressing ( mekhla chaddar)always attract me. Love being at Sibsagar( eastern Assam). Kaziranga is well known wildlife sanctuary, famous for rhino & most famous part of Assam is Guwahati for its world famous Kamakhya temple.”

6. The Colourful Safa From Rajasthan

The Colourful Safa From Rajasthansource: Cécile C

Turbans worn in Rajasthan are referred to as the Pagari or safa. If you have ever been to Rajasthan, you have surely seen men wearing colourful headgears. The safas add brilliant splash of colour and style to barren desert. Each colour of the pagri has its own importance. The Ochre is the colour of the mendicant, saffron is worn during weddings. In the medieval past, the colour saffron also denoted valour and chivalry.

HolidayIQ Traveller Tarit Ray shares, “The dress and attire of the people in Rajasthan with turbans and ear studs for males and colourful lehengas for women are very attractive.”

7. The Nepali Topi- Birkhe from North East India

The Nepali Topi- Birkhe from North East Indiasource:

The nepali topi, the dhaka topi or the birkhe topi is made of fabric. These traditional caps come in different prints. Nepali topis have been adorning Nepali heads for generations. This unusually cut piece of clothing is a way of life for many older people. Even youngsters find it important to adopt a topi on formal occasions like weddings and festivals.

8. Perak- The Attractive Headgear of Ladakhi Women

Perak- The Attractive Headgear of Ladakhi Womensource:

Ladakhi women wear an attractive headgear called perak which is made of black lamb skin and is studded with semi precious turquoise stones. The perak covers the head like a cobra's hood, tapering to a thin tail reaching down the back.


9. The Colourful Caps from Kullu- Pahari Topi

The Colourful Caps from Kullu- Pahari Topisource:

Pahari Topis are one of the famous local art work of the locals of Kullu. They are offered to guests visiting their state. The cap comes in maroon and green.  It has also been associated with Himachal’s pride as it finds a special place during marriages and festivities.

10. The Koyet Of The Meitei Community In Silchar

The Koyet Of The Meitei Community In Silcharsource:

This particular headdress is white in colour and is worn by the Meitei community in Silchar. These headgears symbolize respect and is offered to guests along with the traditional shawls.

11. The Very Unique Naga Headgear- Tsula

The Very Unique Naga Headgear- Tsulasource:

Naga Headgears are not just simple hats. These are a symbol of position, status and power. No one can just simply wear any headgears, they are either inherited or have to earned after an achievement. These headgears are adorned with hornbill bird’s beak, boar tusks and feathers, animal skulls, etc.  There is a special hat decorated with the feathers of a hornbill. Hornbills are rare birds. Thus, the number of feathers on the cap symbolize the number of achievements.

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