How to Tie a Turban in a Minute
Mar 16, 2011 - by Jessica Lapidos
The abundance of both traditional and stylized turbans in existence have fallen into fashion as of late, as you may be aware. I've been wrapping my cashmere scarf 'round my head all fall and winter long like this. Based originally out of necessity to shelter my ears from the cold, and the terrible noise I was subjected to at Death By Audio in Williamsburg on Halloween the night of my turban epiphany, I grew to adore its versatility and insta-chic effect. Now with Spring so close, I'm adapting my personal turban-tying method to lighter materials: silk, chiffon and the traditional cotton. Watch my instructional video for a way to turn just about any scarf into a fabulous turban. Then check the authentic Indian, African and other international lessons on how to master the real shebang.
FashionIndie Technique - Quite possibly the simplest way to tie a chic turban:
Wrapping your head from the back also allows you to contain your hair entirely within the turban. Tie or pin back a bun ever so loosely so it's easy to flatten, and let the fabric cup the hair.
Indian Sikh (male) - the most basic traditionally male method:
Though this is a masculine turban, it can also look fabulous on a woman. The trick seems to be wrapping diagonally to perfect that starburst in the center front.
Indian Sikh (female) - seemingly the most time and fabric intensive feminine method:
White turbans like this often note a higher rank in society. Perhaps that's why they've made it so particularly difficult to achieve.
Indian Rajasthani - less complicated, more colorful method:
This may be less particular about the folding, but you might need a buddy to get you started.
African Aso Oke - stunning damask, cross and tie method:
Easy to achieve statement piece that looks like a budding rose.
Jamaican Rasta Wrap - the best method to wrap up dreadlocks:
So, our instructor might not be authentically Jamaican, but by the length of his dreads, he seems highly dedicated. Perhaps an old Rasta Man taught him how to tie this proper turban.
Will you be trying a turban this coming Spring? It'll keep your head fresh and cool if you do it right.
Photo from StreetPeeper