A dupatta is a versatile swathe of clothing integral to traditional Indian outfits like salwar kameez or lehenga choli or sharara. This is also popular by other names like chunnari, chunni and odhni.
There is no dearth of patterns, designs, colors and fabrics apropos a dupatta. This gracious apparel can be worn in a number of attractive styles too.
Fabrics such as cotton, silk, chiffon and georgette are used in the making of the dupatta along with elegant embellishments, weaves, mirror works and embroideries.
The traditional dupatta has its roots in the Vedic India where three basic garments – nivil, vasas, and adhivasa – were used. The adhivasa, donned by both men and women, was somewhat similar to the present-day dupatta.
With the passage of time, the dupatta evolved from being a simple fabric to an essential part of women’s ethnic outfits.
The kind of variety that the dupatta entails is quite overwhelming. From Khara Dupatta (a six-yard long dupatta from Hyderabadi),to chiffon Dupatta (popular for its natural flow and soft fabric) to printed ikaat dupatta, dupattas are huto chiffon Dupatta (popular for its natural flow and soft fabric) to printed ikaat dupatta, dupattas are hu to Bandhej Dupatta (the Rajasthani dupatta adorned with beautiful tie & dye deisgns, embellishments and mirror work technique) to chiffon Dupatta (popular for its natural flow and soft fabric) to printed ikaat dupatta, dupattas are hugely loved by women all over the world.
They look equally elegant when fused with western apparels too.
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