Amir Chand Bombwal, journalist from Peshawar wearing a Peshawari turban

Peshawari turban, also Peshawari patke (Pashto: پېښوري پټکی) or Peshawari lungee, is the traditional turban worn in Peshawar and its surrounding regions.

It is a two-piece headgear. One piece is a dome-shaped hard cap or kulla, generally embroidered with golden thread.[1] The other is called lungi which consists of a long and narrow piece of cotton cloth (not to be confused with a waist cloth wrapped in some regions). It has a fan-shaped turra (crest) and a tail termed shamla.[2]

Subhas Chandra Bose had used a Peshawari turban to disguise himself as a Pashtun in 1941 to flee from the British territory.[3]

During the British rule a similar turban was part of the dress for some government peons.[4]

Gandhara turban gallery from major museums (1st-3rd century CE)

See also


  1. ^ The Turbans (Pugrees) of Pakistan, September 24, 2008, All Things Pakistan,
  2. ^ Pakistan: an introduction, Herbert Feldman, Edition 2, Oxford University Press, 1968
  3. ^ Subhas Chandra Bose: Netaji's passage to immortality, Subodh Markandeya, Arnold Publishers, Dec 1, 1990, p. 147
  4. ^ In The Districts Of The Raj, Y.D. Gundevia,1992, p. 30