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This fine-toothed wooden Sikh comb is one of the five kakars of the Sikh religion. A sikh is required to use it twice daily. It helps clean the hair and keep it untangled. Width: 60mm.

To defend the faith, Goru Gobind Singh set up the Khalsa order (translation: the Pure), soldier saints who were trained to be brave and courageous. He commanded that they wear kaccha – breeches; kesa – long hair to be concealed in a turban (for men); carry a kangha - a comb; a kirpana – a sword; and a kara – a solid steel bangle. These five items are collectively known as kakars.

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