Man Seeks to Preserve Heritage With Turban-Tying Lessons

February 11, 2004


On February 11, 2004 reported, "The turban worn by male Sikh followers is one of the important symbols of their religion. And putting it on, does require certain skills. So one man has started special classes to teach these skills to the younger generation. Tying a six-metre piece of cloth on one's head definitely needs training and practice. That is why every Sikh father teaches it to his son. The turban reinforces the religious significance of headgear as described in the Sikh scriptures. Nowadays, however, many young Sikhs prefer to keep their hair short and do away with the turban altogether. Lukhwinder Singh fears that the traditional art of tying the turban may be lost. A turban trainer, he said: 'Most of the young Sikhs don't know how to wear the traditional headgear and have taken up to wearing caps or they get their hair trimmed. These guys often get hooked on some sort of addiction. So, I decided to teach them the art of tying turban. I don't charge any fee and make sure that the turban tying session begins with the recitation of a chapter from the holy Granth Sahib (holy book).'"