The Sikh Turban by House of Singh
The Sikh Turban – Photographed and Conceptualized by House of Singh & Shekhar Mann
Turban (Dastaar) is one of the most powerful symbols of the Sikh community.
In ancient times, the turban was only worn by the elites of the society. The Sikh gurus rebelled against this system, teaching instead that all people are equal irrespective of their origin – there are no high or low amongst us. The Sikh turban represents the embodiment of Sikh teachings, the love of the Guru and the sigma to do good deeds. The turban also protects a Sikh’s long unshorn hair and keeps the hair clean. The turban is a gift given to the Sikhs on Vaisakhi Day of 1699 by the Tenth Master, Guru Gobind Singh.
International Turban Day is celebrated on April 13th every year. This event started in 2004 to bring awareness about the strict requirement on Sikhs to don the turban as a mandatory part of their religion. To celebrate this International Turban Day, we came together with a project; “The Sikh Turban”.
‘The Sikh Turban’ is a photo series aimed at spreading awareness about different styles of turbans. The project also aims to eradicate several misconceptions which exist globally regarding the turban. In this project, the artists have tried to cover 8 different styles of The Sikh Turban.
There are several diverse styles of turbans that Sikhs wear, and within each style, there’s a lot of differentiation according to the personal preferences. However, each Turban carries its own identity and aura. This projective identity conveys royalty, grace, and uniqueness.
Wish you a very happy International Turban Day. We hope that you’ll share this project with your friends and family whom you believe ties a beautiful turban.
I’m always open to new projects, interesting proposals, and collaborations,
so if you have something in mind that you’d like to discuss, why not get in touch!