Similar to the aura related to the sarees in India, it’s masculinity with the turban. With around numerous traditions, the “Puneri Pagadi” is the mascot of one of the largest empire, the Maratha empire.
The empire known for its violent and valiant approach to wars, this turban was their symbol of pride and honor.
ORIGIN : The pagadi was introduced in the 17th century by Mahadev Govind Ranade, a social reformer. At that time, there were mainly 12 classes of people. Out of which, ‘Kostis’ on fortnight visits made these turbans at people’s home.
OCCASION FOR PUNERI PAGADI:
Not only during the wedding gatherings but the Pagadi was a necessary ornament for all men proud of their masculinity. It was a part of the costume for the popular Marathi art form ‘Gondhai’.
WORN BY :
It was worn by many leaders like Lokmanya Tilak, J.S. Karandikar, D.D. Sathye, Tatyasaheb Kelkar and Datto Vaman Potdar. The Pagadi became more popular in 1973 after the Marathi play, Ghashiram Kotwal.
PUNERI PAGADI MADE FROM:
The primary fabric is either cotton or silk. It is further mixed with starch obtained from various homemade processes. The purpose of adding starch is to give the royal headband the permanent folds it needs. It holds the most beautiful curves in place.
PUNERI PAGADI SHOPS IN PUNE :
The following are certain shops to buy the best handmade “Puneri Pagadi” in Pune :
- Puneri Turban Manufacturers, Raviwar Peth, Pune
- Khandare Fetewale, Pune
- Yadav Kala Kendra, Pune
PUNERI PAGADI AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Yes, for all the art lovers, the traditional Puneri Pagadi is made available online at the following shopping websites :