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How to Tie a Turban

Worn in the Middle East and parts of Asia, the turban can be tied in almost as many ways as there are people wearing them. Here's a basic method.


  • Step 1: Fold cloth lengthwise Lay the cloth on a clean surface and fold it in half lengthwise; then fold it a couple more times until it is about five inches wide. Fold this remaining thickness in half, into a long, thick strip.
  • Step 2: Set one end at the nape Place one end of the cloth at the nape of your neck just slightly to one side, to keep it from moving, and pull the long end to the front of your face, at an angle, going from right to left.
  • TIP: To tie a turban for the first time, have a friend help with folding, especially if they wear turbans themselves, or practice with a mirror.
  • Step 3: Wrap around head Wrap the cloth around your head, pinning the end by your nape with the tension from the first pass as you pull it around and down on the left and up on the right.
  • Step 4: Smooth and straighten Smooth and straighten any creases in the cloth, being sure to keep the cloth snug to your head. Continue to wrap the smooth, flattened length tightly across your forehead.
  • Step 5: Fold and wrap Double the longer end as you cover the first layer, continuing to fold as you go. You now have all but the top of the head covered.
  • TIP: The wearer’s region dictates the method used for wrapping the turban. Search online for lessons in wrapping turbans that represent social status, religion, and sex.
  • Step 6: Double it back and tuck Double the remaining length of cloth back on itself, smooth it, and tuck it into the front layer to secure it.
  • Step 7: Pull out nape piece Reach into the bare head area and down in back to pull up the short nape piece from under the wrap. Spread this open to cover your head, and tuck it around the sides to finish the turban.
  • FACT: Did you know? Assyrian carvings from 3,000 years ago display kings wearing turbans.

You Will Need

  • A friend
  • A mirror
  • A computer with internet access

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