How Do You Tie a Patka? Guide For Patka Headgear

According to sacred texts, the Sikh religion encourages its disciples to wear turbans and not shave their heads. A patka is a lighter version of a sophisticated Punjabi/Sikh turban typically worn by boys from pre-kindergarten until middle school before they begin wearing a turban. The patka and hair of a Sikh youngster should always be treated with respect, as they are regarded as emblems of devotion.

The style of a Patka and ways of tying differ significantly from other cultures' turban fashions, such as Arab civilizations, which frequently leave a tail at the rear. There are numerous ways to tie a Sikh turban, and you can tailor yours based on your preference and taste. Below is the structured guide to help tie a  Punjabi Patka and add elegance to your attire!


Style 1- Patka Tying

Patka style

  1. Pull your hair up

To cover their heads under the fabric, Sikhs frequently pile it on top of their heads in a form of a bun.

A patka is a child's turban or one that can be worn for athletic sports. Sikhs frequently tie one under a traditional turban to keep it in place, which is why it's first in this article. It is a smaller fabric piece than a full turban.

  1. Give it a Pony Structure

Braid your hair to the top of your head as if forming a ponytail. Begin pulling your hair altogether to form a thick rope. 

  1. Begin winding the hair rope around itself

Create a knot near the front of your skull. Continue wrapping it around itself. If it's long enough, you can pull a section of it through to make a slip knot. If not, wrap the end of the string around the knot. If it doesn't stay, use an elastic holder(rubber band) to keep it in place.

  1. Dress a patka. Ready to go!

Begin with the patka cloth. Place it over your brow, one corner in each hand. Tie the front corners at the back of your head.

  1. Pull the corner strings up from behind you

Cross one over and around your head knot, holding it under your chin for now. Cross the other one around in the opposite direction.

  1. Wrap the edges around the front of the knot. Tie them behind your hair in a knot.

Style 2- Tying a casual Turban

Tying a casual Turban

  1. Place one of your turban's corners in your mouth. Holding one end in your mouth helps you wrap the turban with both hands.
  1. Wrap the turban around your head and then up around the hair knot. Return it to the front, going around the knot. Allow it to fall lower around one side of your head.
  1. Spin it around your head once more. As you loop around, move higher on the opposite side of your head. Pull it lower on the other side.
  1. Continue to wrap it around your head. Keep adding layers of the cloth.  When you wrap it around your head, you can create a stair-step impression.
  1. Tuck in the edge. When you reach the end of the turban material, tuck it into the turban's top folds. Make sure to tighten it tight to keep it in place.
  1. Tuck the other end from your mouth. Wrap the end around the back and tuck it under the fabric's rear folds.

Style-3 - Putting on a Fortress Turban

Fortress turban

  1. Take one end of the turban and place it in your mouth. If you hold one end in your mouth, you will be able to wrap it with both hands. Place it in your mouth on the left side.
  1. Drape the turban around your back head. Work from left to right. Come around the knot's top.
  1. Wrap it around the left side downward. Wrap the turban tightly across your left side, covering the top part of your ear.
  1. Continue wrapping it. Drop each wrap on the right side. Go higher on each wrap on the left side.
  1. Wrap the tip of the end around the apex. A peak will form on the front of your head as you wrap. Wrap the tip of the end around the apex. Since this end will pinch the peak, it will resemble the center of a bow. Each side is wider than the center. Kings preferred this form of knot!
  1. Tuck the opposite end in. Wrap the other end around your back. Pull it up and over the crown of the head, covering the exposed patka. Tuck it in between the top flaps.
  1. Make necessary changes. Stretch the turban so that it covers all of your head.

Wrapping Up

Styling a perfect patka or Sikh headgear might sound overwhelming for beginners. However, practicing the above steps routinely can easily do a great deed! Use a mirror and observe the steps to learn to style a stable patka at the earliest!


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