The turban worn by our clerics is actually tied around the bended knee of one leg. The picture shown in the first post is done that way. The spiral effect is produced by alternating the spaces when the layer of the turban goes up. With your left hand hold on to the material (normally mousline) and guide the material around the knee with your right hand so that it goes from down up starting from the back of the knee and then down again. When it goes down leave a space of 2 or 3 cm from the place you first started. The end layers should be horizontal and the end tucked under the last horizontal layer. That's how I have seen it done but I know there are other techniques. Make sure you stretch the turban and flod it lengthwise before starting. If it is too stiff sprinkle some water. I hope this helps. Training makes perfect don't expect to get a perfect result straight away. Turban tying is an art in and of itself.
Mousline is too heavy for some, the material my uncles and many of the Ulema I know prefer is called Voil( usually brought here from India). Some of the better material shops sell it, I have known some to sell it at 5 pounds a yard, keep in mind that a good length is 7 to 8 yards. So around 35 to 40 pounds can be spent. My eldest uncle still has his graduation Imamah, it is still wrapped from when it was placed on his head, he keeps it in a box, lol...... There are also some grades of cotton which some of the Ulema choose to use, usually they pick it up for anything ranging from 1 pound to 2 pounds fifty a yard.
You are right it is an art, and there are some really bad Imamh makers out there, I know in Qum some brothers do teach others however some will not bother to learn the art and rely on others to make them, also the Lebanese have taken the art to a good level some of their scholars are excellent at the craft, I personally think their style although it is taken from the Najafi style is more pleasing to the eye.
May Allah bless all those who wear it with good adab and benefical knoweldge, as you can wear an Imamah and have neither.
Edited by Qum2Najaf, 23 December 2009 - 05:59 PM.