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obody knows the precise origins of the turban, although there are references to it dating back almost 4,000 years from Mesopotamia and ancient India. There is little consensus on what it should look like and how it should be worn. There is no specific colour and it can be wrapped tightly around the head or sit loosely; it can have a peak or a flat top or even be tilted, and when unfurled can measure anything up to 40 metres in length. It is a distinctive form of headdress that can be seen throughout countries in south and central Asia and north and west Africa, each of them having their own specific style and reasons for donning it.

But of all those who wear a turban, it is the Sikhs who have truly made it their own. For that they can thank Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th and last human guru of the faith, who called his followers together in April 1699 to the city of Anandpur in the north Indian state of Punjab to celebrate Baisakhi, the annual harvest festival. It was here that he formed the Khalsa (the pure), a brother- and sisterhood of baptised Sikhs and issued a number of edicts that have shaped Sikhism and made it what we know today. 

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