The Philippi headwear collection is currently the world’s largest
collection of clerical, ecclesiastical and religious head coverings
and is unique in both its scope and size. You will find examples of headgear from every religious persuasion around the globe, whether ceremonial or worn as part of everyday life. In addition, the collection includes 116 religious objects.
The pagh (pronounced ‘paagh’; પાઘ) is a traditional head covering worn by all sadhus of the Swaminarayan denomination of Hinduism.The denomination was founded in the early nineteenth century by Bhagwan Swaminarayan in western India.
A pagh is made from a simple, very fine piece of cotton fabric, measuring around 100 inches by 100 inches, which is tied around a head covered by a small skull-cap. The tying itself is something of an art form, because it employs no stitches, pins or fasteners, yet a pagh can remain firm and intact for years.
The pagh is worn by Swaminarayan sadhus when they go outside of the temple on official religious duty, and also during special rituals and assemblies. The orange or saffron colour of the pagh matches the untailored robes worn by sadhus. Saffron is a colour which is traditionally associated in Hinduism with sacrifice and renunciation. It also symbolises fire. Sadhus are reminded by their saffron attire to burn their worldly desires and remain fervent against enticements which might distract them from their service to God and Society.
An article about the Garam Topi (ગરમ ટોપી),the winter hat worn by His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj (પ્રમુખસ્વામીમહારાજ) you can find here.