Turban, in any culture is a symbol of self-respect and is way of showcasing the heritage of rich cultural legacy. And Mewar region of Rajasthan is no exception to this rule. The colorful Mewari turban (Pagari) is highly liked in this region and is used as a daily wear by rural people while urban use it on special occasions like Marriage. The people of Mewar love wearing colorful turbans mostly made with shining red and cool yellow color clothes.

Making a Pagari is again is art like tying knot of neck-tie. Obviously all people cannot do it.

Bhopal Shaahi Pagri by Daulat Sen of Udaipur
Bhopal Shaahi Pagri by Daulat Sen of Udaipur
And then there are people who have mastered this art to such an extent that they are knocking at the Guinness Book World record to get registered.

The recent and quite unique example was presented by Daulat Sen of Udaipur who made a Mewari Turban (Pagari) weighing nearly 21 kilograms. The length of the cloth material Daulat Sen has used is approximately 1111 meters. It has been adorned with traditional stuff like Latkan, chandrama, Imli, Pachheri and tarra Kalangi.

Daulat Sen creating another masterpiece Pagari for Hanuman Jayanti
Daulat Sen creating another masterpiece Pagari for Hanuman Jayanti
Daulat got the talent of making artistic and now unique pagaris in inheritance from his Father.

Sen has so far created Pagaris of different types including FatehShahi, Bhopalshahi, AmarShahi, Shivaji, Sardaari, Pathhani, and royal Maharastrian Pagaris.

Daulat has also crafted a royal pagari for Maharana Arvind Singh Mewar. Daulat also is skilled in making Saafe (another type of turban.) Sen has made saafe in Jodhpuri, Jaipuri, Marwari, Mewari, Hadoti, and Gujrati style.

Sen has been working for past 32 years and his Pagri in which he used a cloth strip of 611 meters is displayed in the museum of Haldighati.

Courtesy: TR Kandara, APRO Udaipur