Jodhpuri Saafa, Known For The Culture, Beauty, Respect and Elegance
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Jodhpuri Saafa, Known For The Culture, Beauty, Respect and Elegance


One of the unique features which adds colour and grace to the Jodhpur city is men wearing turbans that are bright and multihued. Jodhpuri Saafa, known for their beauty, respect and elegance, as its connected with emotions and expressions. These turbans are called by varieties of names depending on cloth colour and design, like multi-coloured Panchrangi Saafa, Chundari, Gajsahi etc.

Rajasthan is a land of varied headgears, which identify the wearer’s ethnicity, economic status and community. Turbans known as ‘Saafa’, ‘Pagadis’ in the local language mostly used in Rajasthan- reflect the caste, culture, profession of the person.
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.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Jodhpuri Saafa, Jodhpuri Saafa, Known For The Culture, Beauty, Respect and EleganceRajasthan is a rich state of culture, Honour, Valour and heritage. There are many varieties of Turban, Saafa (traditionally called in Aapno Jodhpur), Pagri. This is a traditional headwear for men, is the most popular men’s accessory. In Rajasthan, the turban (Saafa) is a matter of pride and respect for one and all.The Safas are very useful for any special occasions like marriage or any other function when you want to look special. The guest and visitors are offered with the turban, which shows maximum respect to the visitor.Rajasthani Saafa, specially Jodhpuri are known for their beauty and elegance. These turbans are called by varieties of names, like multi-coloured Panchrangi Saafa, Chundari, Gajsahi etc. which comes in colour combinations of saffron, white, pink, red and yellow on Chundari cloth and then jari turbans which are made by the cloth of jari and silk.The Saafa is usually taken as an honour of the person and in the culture of Rajasthan, a sense of respect is attached with turbans. A guy wearing Saafa with its conventional sherwani looks more handsome and the best gentleman.

Jodhpuri Saafa is the most famous and are renowned all more than planet for their styles and models. On Jodhpuri Saafa, Known For The Culture, Beauty, Respect and Elegancewedding occasion, Jodhpuri Saafa is the most crucial element of groom wedding dress, decorated with ‘Kalgiकलगी ‘ (turban jewellery). On the occasion of daughter wedding, it is an honour to present the turbans to brides in-law family members.

The favoured turban for marriages is the six- to eight-yard long and one-yard wide saafa, while the groom and his close relatives wear the Phenta. The saafa is also worn by royals; for ceremonial occasions, it is the Moliyon.


Wedding Safa and Turban are made in various style and from various cloth like the cotton Kota, Zari, Saturn chiffon, Gata chola, etc and various other things to compliment it, like the gems and jewellery.

While performing पूजा (religious functions) or religious function, males must cover his head. It is a symbol of humility or surrendering to the god by the people.

On different occasions, different types of turbans are used. Plain and muted colour turbans are used during a period of mourning. If a community ostracizes a person then he has to cover his head with a white cloth to inform others about his status.

After the death of family head, there will be a function known as Pagadi Rasam पगड़ी रस्म in which the eldest son wears the Pagadi and takes over the responsibility as the family new head.

There is a custom of exchange of Pagadi between two families as a symbol of close friendship. Turban once knocked over means insult to the person and if someone’s turban is placed at other man’s feet mean complete surrender.

Type of Jodhpuri Saafa Used by Different Caste

Turbans give a snapshot of the person reflecting his caste, profession and many other things. Here is a list of types of turbans used by different caste in Rajasthan.

Bishnoi community White
Jat community white
Raika community Red bright turban
Langa Kalbeliya Three colour
Rajput Five coloured
Ram Snehi community White
Kabir Community Red
Sanyasi community Ochre coloured

Jodhpuri Saafa, Known For The Culture, Beauty, Respect and EleganceCastes can be identified by Pagadis’ too- Mahajans wear the Mahajan Paag while for Maheshwaris it is the Maheshwari Paag.

Chudawat Rajputs wrap the Chudawatshahi, and for every region, the Pagadi takes on a new name.

Also keeping the tradition of the turban intact is Mahendra Singh Naggar, director, culture, Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur. In his effort to take turban culture to the uninitiated, Naggar has displayed 70 Saafas from his collection of 200 in the fort. But he prefers to tie his own turban rather than have someone else wrap it around him. “There’s a difference between tying a turban on your own head and having it done by someone else. Tying it to your own head brings out your personality,” he said.

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