Turbans are trendy. Meet the man who can tie them in 108 different styles and holds a record


“Hold one end of the cloth, take it over the right ear to the upper part of the left ear,” explains Pawan Vyas, rigorously explaining drape a turban. That is simply his first model. The 19-year-old from Bikaner, Rajasthan is aware of 107 extra methods of draping a turban.

“I have been doing this for 11 years,” says Pawan over a name from Bikaner, and provides, “Last August, I made it to the India Book of Records for tying the smallest Rajasthani turbans on fingers.” For the record, every finger had a different type: Maheshwari pagdi, Udaipuri pagdi, Barmeri safa, Jaisalmeri pagdi, Jhalori safa, kesariya dulha safa, purple chunri safa, khidakkiya safa, darbari safa and batdar kesariya safa and the sizes diversified from one to 3 centimetres in radii. He explains there may be a distinction between pagdi and safa. “Pagdi is longer than 21 metres and safa is between 9 to 11 metres.”

Pawan is now set for his try at one other record. This time for the world’s greatest turban. “It’ll weigh 15 kilograms and be around 450 to 500 metres long, and take around five hours to tie,” he says. He plans to ask officers from the Guinness Book of Records and India Book of Records for this feat, which he plans to organise as quickly COVID-19 dies down. He is optimistically taking a look at September this 12 months.

Pawan and his household are well-known in their locality for his or her abilities with turbans. “We are generally known as Safeywaale Vyas Ji,” he laughs and with a sense of delight provides, “You can find us on Google maps as well.”

His father and uncle too are a part of this household enterprise, which began in 1982. Apart from the different styles, Pawan can be identified for his agility. He can tie a safa in 13 seconds. “Most people take two minutes to do it,” he says. It in all probability is because of years of follow and the proven fact that he ties practically 25,000 to 30,000 turbans in a 12 months in Bikaner alone. “The Bikaner camel festival and Holi are popular events here and there is a demand at that time. I also travel to cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Jalpaiguri, Bengaluru, and Kolkata especially to drape turbans of different styles for weddings and other celebratory events.”

For particulars, try his Facebook web page vyasturban.

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