Rainbow turbans and beard buns: Australian Sikhs on the ‘uncut’ approach to life

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Sikh elderly man: ABC Illustrations by Jessica Singh, a Perth-based artist and Sikh
By Siobhan Hegarty | ABC |

Tejpartap Singh, or “Tej” as he’s known to friends, has been obsessed with turbans since childhood.

“The turban represents peace, love, harmony,” he grins, through his long, curled moustache.

“It’s basically a symbol of respect and it gives me courage to stand for justice.”

Tejpartap is a member of the Indian religion known as Sikhism and, like most Sikhs, he comes from the country’s Punjab region.

“Before migrating to Australia, I was running a [turban-tying] camp back in India,” he recalls.

“I was in love with turbans, so I used to arrange different seminars and classes, and I started the same concept here in 2010.”

Today, Tejpartap’s brainchild — Turban Academy Australia — is a thriving community organisation based in north-west Sydney. It uses the turban, an identifier of Sikhism, as a means to teach kids about their faith.

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