Turban

Turban

Cotton
Pune, India
Mid 19th century
Museum no. 0333(IS)

This a turban of the type which would in its original form have been  freshly wound with each wearing: here, the huge amount of cloth  needed to build it up to the required shape has been replaced by a few layers stitched onto a card base. Large flat 'pagris' like this were worn by the clerical classes and teachers. This one was acquired as a Pune Brahmin's turban from a 19th century 'Workmans' Exhibition'. Flat turbans like this would often be worn tilted sideways on the head.