Traditional turbans beat the heat in RajasthanMay 30th, 2009 - 11:25 pm ICT by ANI
By Lokendra Singh
Jaipur, May 30 (ANI): A large number of Rajasthani people are drawn to tie heavy turbans around their head as shield from the blazing summer heat here.
Residents are of the view that turbans help them to avoid sunstroke in the scorching heat and sweltering temperature.
The common belief here is that the multi-layered turban holds the sweat and gives a cooling effect.
“Turbans safeguards one from heat. We wrap it around forehead as it traps the sweat inside that has cooling effect. One can bear heat if sweat doesn’t dry,” Pusha Ram, a man wearing a turban.
Ram Prasad, who always wears a turban, believes that the turban comes handy during summers. He said: “The turbans are made of cotton so it works as a safeguard from heat. It does a good work.”
Rajasthani turbans have been a prominent feature of the local traditional culture and a major charm to wear for tourists from different parts of the country and world during their visit here.
Rajasthani turbans are mainly classified into two categories, one is “Safa” and another is “Paag”.
Safa is normally 10 meters long and a meter wide, which people wear everyday. ‘Paag’ is 22 meters long and six inches wide. It is tied once and is worn like a cap till the cloth gets dirty. (ANI)