The turban has always played a huge role in the identity of India, worn at one time by all the major faiths of the nation. It was a symbol of status and respect.
Now mainly associated with the Sikh identity, our book, Turban and Tales, is built around our hugely successful Sikh Project, a collection of portraits of British and American Sikhs.
The portraits, which have received international press and have been exhibited in London and across America, showcase the modern Sikh identity in all its beauty and diversity, with turbans and beards that are unique to its wearer.
To give context to the significance of the turban, through previously unpublished and rare pictures, Turban and Tales also documents the journey of the turban from its roots in early India, to its evolution through the Mughal, Sikh and British Empires.
With the combination of eye catching imagery and the unbelievable true stories of the Sikh subjects photographed, the message Turban and Tales promotes is very significant for today’s socio-economic climate.
Identity, individualism and inclusiveness should be promoted and respected. Diversity is the fabric of life. Organisations and society need the courage to embrace the ever changing face of today’s world. It takes strength to stay together. It takes resilience to stick to ones values.
Turbans and Tales provokes positive conversations about identity and will reframe the way minorities are seen.