Sikhs, especially in the west, often face discrimination and disaccommodation based on their articles of faith. The maintaining by Sikhs of their turban, uncut hair and kirpan (sword) have constantly been of issue in many settings. As a result, followers of this religion have made significant efforts (particularly after 9/11) to educate their greater communities about the traditional Sikh identity.
However, within this identity (and outside of it), Sikhs present themselves in many different, stylish ways. Pictures of Sikhs Wearing Things (actually a tumblr page) is an intriguing new site that presents Sikhs in a very different way:
inspired by the “muslims wearing things” tumblr. this is dedicated to showing a multiplicity of sikh styles in order to repudiate the notion of a single sikh identity.
I love the fact that Sikhs from all walks of life are featured here. As pictures speak a thousand words, the photos on the website stand on their own (aside from short captions describing the picture). Each photo is compelling, but the collection of all these photos makes the website more so. It reinforces the idea that a person can be a Sikh and still engage fully in the life of their choosing. My favorite picture thus far is of pianist Dr. Lonnie Smith:
This is a great website that I’ll be following with interest.