Turbans worn in Rajasthan are referred to as pagari. They vary in style, colour and size. They also indicate a wearer's social class, caste, region and the occasion it being worn for. Its shape and size may also vary with the climatic conditions of the different regions. Turbans in the hot desert areas are large and loose. Farmers and shepherds, who need constant protection from the elements of nature, wear some of the biggest turbans.
The Rajasthani turban also has many practical functions. Exhausted travellers use it as a pillow, a blanket or a towel. It can be used to strain muddy water. An unravelled turban can also be used as a rope to draw water from a well with a bucket.
Prominent styles of the Rajasthani pagari are pencha, sela and safa, although several local variants exist. A conventional pagari as shown below is usually c. 80 - 90 inches long and c. 8 - 10 inches wide. A safa is shorter and broader. Ordinarily a turban of a single colour is worn. However, turbans of one of more colours may be worn by the elite or during special occasions such as festivals or weddings, etc.
More portrait photographs with Sikh turbans (dastar) in Matt Hahnewald's