New exhibition at Cartwright Hall tells story of the Fortress Turban

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Cartwright Hall Cartwright Hall

The story of the Sikh Fortress Turban will be told at a new display in Bradford.

An exhibition at Cartwright Hall art gallery in Lister Park will explain the importance of the turban as a symbol of the Sikh faith and identity. There will be a Fortress Turban on display alongside items from Bradford Museums and Galleries' collections and items from the city's Sikh community.

The Fortress Turban, a tall conical structure, otherwise known as a Dastaar Boonga, was worn by a group of skilled warrior Sikhs called Akali Nihangs, to protect their heads and hair from sword blows.

It is comprised of original weapons, including daggers, swords and metal throwing discs, along with the badge of the Rattray Battalion of the British Indian Army.

The turban is being brought to Bradford as part of the British Museum's Spotlight Tour.

John Orna Ornstein, head of national programmes at the British Museum, said: “The display of the fortress turban at the British Museum generated enormous interest from Sikh and wider audiences. We are delighted that the turban is touring to a number of venues in the UK and particularly pleased that it will be on show at Bradford, one of the UK's most vibrant and diverse cities.”

The exhibition starts on Saturday and runs until May 18.

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