Indian Dupatta is a long scarf worn by women. Indian Dupatta is commonly known by various traditional names like chunnari, odhni and chunni. The dupatta is currently used most commonly as part of the women’s shalwar kameez and lehanga choli. The dupatta stands as a symbol of modesty in the Indian society. Indian Duptta is manufactured in different fabrics like cotton, silk, chiffon and georgette. Dupatta is most commonly as part of the women’s shalwar kameez costume, and worn over the kurta and the gharara. In modern times we also see Dupatta usage with jeans, sometimes as a sarong or turban or sash.
The word Dupatta is dereived from the sanskrit. Dupatta word is a combination of du(meaning double) and patta (meaning stripe of cloth). At First the dupaata was used to cover the head and upper body, and was worn with shalwar kameez, ghagra choli and worn over the kurta and the gharara.The dupatta is believed to have evolved from the ancient Uttariya. An Uttariya is like a shawl and descends from the back of the neck to curl around both arms, and can be used to drape the top half of the body. The uttariya could also be used as a turban, by both men and women. The dupatta is an evolved form of the uttariya.
There are numerous ways existing from region to region in which the dupatta is worn with a lehenga and choli- the Nepali style, the Gujarati way, the Bengali style, the south Indian half saree style, the modren style, the Rajasthani style looped elegantly around the wrist and then some more.
The Nepali Style:-
Nepali woman in a modern style of draping dupatta over the neck.
The Rajasthani Style:-
Rajasthani dupattas are also called Laharia. They are mostly accompanied by tie and dye strips in colorful contrast.it is used as a headscarf knotted at the back of the head.
The Modren Style:-
Indian Women in a modern style of draping dupatta over the neck, while wearing shalwar kameez.
Varieties of Dupatta:-
Georgette is one of the easy breezy staples in the wardrobe of any woman. Georgette is basically considered as the fabric for spring, summer and also for the happy days of the year.These dupattas are mainly light in weight and also feature a bit transparent texture.
This is a must have dupatta style for every woman, who wants to wear the traditional Indian attire in a trendy way. These dupattas are available with a sheer texture and these are also light in weight.
Pashmina is one kind of art that is originated in Kashmir. The pashmina dupattas mainly include prints, which are mainly known as the Kashmiri art.
Benarasi silk dupatta:
This type of dupatta is considered as the royal picks for different lavish events as these are quite heavy and made for special occasions only.
This is another beautiful substance to flirt with. This fabric is actually quite similar to Georgette and this dupatta type also showcases the easy breezy nature. These dupattas are very light in weight and also look flimsy.
These dupattas are available with sheer adhere, light in weight texture and great luxurious feel.
Cotton silk dupatta:
This type of dupatta is a great blend of cotton and silk fabrics. The best thing about these dupattas is that these are lightweight, are really comfortable and also have a silky touch.