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13 Kalgi Designs for Picture-perfect Pagdis

13 Kalgi Designs for Picture-perfect Pagdis

The kalgi is a stunning turban accessory with a rich history that traces its origin back to the subcontinent’s era of Mughal conquest. It was identified as ‘jigha’ and this bejewelled brooch-like piece was precisely worn by Hindu and Muslim kings along with noblemen, head of tribes and Sikh gurus. In Punjab, the jigha was called ‘kalgi’ or ‘kalangi’ and came to be widely associated as a symbol of royalty and power.  Maharaja Ranjeet Singh popularized it in this ‘land of five rivers’ so much so that his persona was known to be synonymous with the ornament itself!

Over decades, the kalgi underwent several changes in its form, designs and embellishments and found patronage in men who were all set to take the plunge. This is true for the history of kalgi throughout North-India and even today enjoys a prime spot in the pagdi/turban or safa of soon-to-be-grooms.

This seemingly dainty accessory is capable of making a strong case in eloquence and royalty! No wonder that even after centuries of transformation, it still reigns with pride on the forehead fabric of a groom. We understand the impact and beauty of fine details and have hence collated thirteen such gems for you to notch up your d-day look. Let’s get started! 

1. This groom got it just right! The addition of this studded kalgi amps up his entire look. We especially love the bold-subtle play of red between the pagdi-kalgi.

Image Source Bespoke Turbans

2. Opt for a fine kalgi like this to add drama to your ensemble. The intricate design, pearl tinges and elegant emerald studs make it an ideal choice!

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3. The royal kalgi featuring eight carats of rhodolite ruby surrounded by polki and antique workmanship is what royal-dreamy looks are made of!

Image Source Om Jewellers Patiala

4. Complete your d-day look with this aesthetically crafted kalgi embellished in gold-rose and red precious stones. The lush feathers too make this one stand out!

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5. Beauty lies in the little details! This antique silver piece proves just that. Notice the subtle orange feather tinge that matched the outfit.

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6. Nothing beats the majesty and royalty of this exquisite gem! We love the finesse of this bejewelled piece.

Image Source Harminder Harry. S J Photography

7. Nail it with an ethnic kalgi that is a tasteful blend of precious and semi-precious stones. The one-sided pearl twirls work well with the entire look! 

Image Source Bespoke Turbans

8. We’ve lost our heart out to this special piece and it’s not difficult to guess why! Won’t you agree? Be it the design, choice of colours, fine karigari or that one perfect feather dash, everything is top-notch here.

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9. Don this dainty diamond kalgi to be the perfect prince charming to your lady love! This one’s a must have to create the right kind of buzz.

Image Source Bespoke Turbans

10. Dear men, you still think gems and jewels are only a woman’s pride after looking at these? Pair this with your safa/pagdi and see the magic this seemingly tiny accessory creates!

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11. In signature Sabyasachi style, this exotic kalgi represents unmatched beauty, exquisite craftsmanship and unparalleled intricacy!

Image Source Sabyasachi Jewelry

12. This dainty delight made of diamonds, emeralds and pearls will never let you down! 

Image Source Viren Bhagat

13. Let there be some healthy competition with your beautiful bride on that momentous day 🙂 With this gorgeous kalgi addition, you’ll certainly stand a chance!

Image Source Sunny Dhiman Photography

Dear men here’s hoping that’s enough for inspiration and adequate to get you started! When are you shopping for one?

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