Parna

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A Parna is a quick casual turban that a Sikh ties to cover his kesh. Traditionally the parna is used to cover the head when a person is at home, visiting locally, exercising or or often worn by farmers when going to fields or wandering around in the villages of Punjab. Parna waddae bande bande ne patka not prefferable. A Sikh prefers to cover his head instead of wandering around 'naked', even if a sikh has to go to go to some shop near his house, the parna is used to cover his head. A parna a small band of coloured or patterned cloth of 2-3 meters. The Parna is not appropriate for sports as it may come loose, but a patka with a knot tied properly in it but larh in parnas are gently placed and for general purposes it is OK. Mostly Hockey players and Cricket Players choose Patka rather than parna.

Who wears it?

This is not Parna but Patka

Human wears it of course! You must have heard of the Patka, which is usually worn by Sikh children, but as a person grows out of childhood he usually stops wearing a Patka and shifts to a Parna. In cities, town, villages we can see many people wearing parna.

Fruit Merchants wearing parnas during grading of oranges

Many amritdhari sikhs wear a keski under turban and bind parna over it. They prefer parna in Kesri colour and blue colour only but other people can wear parna of any colour.

Outside Punjab in many states Patka tradition is still seen, Sikh people wear small patkas but now they are shifting to better parnas and to turbans.

Parna is also preferred by people from other religions. In Punjab many Bhaiyas (Migrators from UP) have started wearing parna.

It is mostly worn by farmers when going to fields or wandering around in the villages of Punjab. Parna waddae bande bande ne patka not prefferable.

Fruit Merchants wearing parnas during grading of oranges

Many amritdhari sikhs wear a keski under turban and bind parna over it. They prefer parna in Kesri colour and blue colour only but other people can wear parna of any colour.

Outside Punjab in many states Patka tradition is still seen, Sikh people wear small patkas but now they are shifting to better parnas and to turbans.

Parna is not appropriate choice for sports, because patka stick with head and knot is tied properly in it but larh in parnas are gently placed and for general purposes it is OK. Mostly Hockey players and Cricket Players choose Patka rather than parna.

Parna is also preferred by people from other religions. In Punjab many Bhaiyas (Migrators from UP) have started wearing parna.

Tying Style

Other Style of Parna

It's tying style is different for different people. Some people start tying it from the cetre of head and some people cover the head and then three rounds of clothes around the head and cover the head. Some people leave a "Larh" on the side. In an emergency, hurry this type of turban is wear most of sikhs do not prefer to go head naked outside.

Parna in Media

  • In Movie Sarhad Paar, Farmers are shown in parna at many places
  • In upcoming Movie Kissan, Parna is also showed.

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Turban

General:                 Double Patti Turban
Nihung style:   Chand Tora Dumalla
Casual Turbans:   Parna, Patka