dupatta scarf is one of the most highly decorated scarf types made of delicate
materials and luxurious detailing. The length alone makes it breathable for movement, while allowing for easy
pinning to create different looks. It’s more than just a square cloth, with
both devout and sentimental meaning.
In this article, we dive into the symbolism, design and styling of this diverse
cut of fabric!
A dupatta is a traditional headscarf (usually worn over the shoulders), within Asian cultures including Indian, Pakistan, and
Bangladesh. Dupatta is a combination of two Sanskrit words which means two or double (du) and
(patta), which means piece of clothing. The earliest remembrance can be dated back to Indus Valley civilization, when
they were worn by both men and women.
Males mostly wore their scarves to symbolize royalty and were mainly used to cover the upper
body area. Over time, the dupatta scarf
was geared more towards the seclusion of women within the social hierarchy.
Majority of women not only covered their upper with a scarf, they rarely
showcased bare legs. The delicate fabric has also been used as
a way to show respect for elders within
families, while keeping
the look of modesty.
They are also worn while attending religious and celebratory
occasions, including weddings. Wives
oftentimes wear veils over their faces for years and slowly relaxes their
traditions and values, as they become
more into the senior positions. Indian fashion, especially the dupatta is no longer seen as a strict
traditional accessory, but has been more exposed
to the stylish ways they can be worn, while still showing
respect to the culture.
Kalamkari Dupatta from Telangana with Buddha Head
The main materials that make up most dupatta
scarves are linen,
cotton, silk and chiffon. Many scarves
have intricate prints and designs including floral, paisley and lines. They are
also available in solid colors and
tye-dye prints known as Laharia. The most popular printing technique
used to create
each pattern is block printing. This form of printing allows
the fabric to have
an embedded design that is sharp and precise. Using this form of printing also
allows multiple colors to be printed
on the same piece of fabric. This also allows for a scale of sizing when printing florals. Each scarf can be
finished with mini flower prints or jumbo florals that are much larger in size. Each scarf design
and print is bold in colors including royal blue, purples and green hues. Scarves are often finished
at the hem with hanging tassels in matching or multi-colors.
Bandhej Dupatta is an elegant
style often worn in the state of Rajasthan. This style incorporates embroidery made using a mirror work technique, meant to depict
stories. Zarodazi art is also a form
of design, specifically made for royal families and powerful religious commanders. Each thread is made of alloy in a silver
and gold material, making the fabric
Kalamkari dupattas use a different type of fabric and process, where
the technique includes hand painting
to create designs.
There are three
type of styles
within the kalamkari art, karuppur kalamkari, masulipatnam kalamkari, and sri kalahasti kalamkari.
the dupatta is still worn during important events including weddings and is
also worn as an everyday
accessory. The scarf is usually
wrapped around the head, covering
the throat area as
well. Oftentimes, women may pin their scarves in different ways. Since each
piece of fabric was once 2 ½ meters and was shortened
to 2 meters, the shorter
length offers more movement Although they have been shortened, the
Khara dupattas remain longer in length and are worn by Hyderabad women, while they are married. The dupatta of a
bride is often heavily embellished.
The price of a bridal dupatta can range between 100 and 1000 rupees. One of the most unexpected ways a dupatta
can be worn is in velvet. Sabyasachi Mulkherjee is a
well-known fashion designer and creator of velvet dupattas
specifically curated for items collected by a bride within her trousseau. When wearing a velvet dupatta,
it can be very heavy, with light weight fabrics
being the best choice for the base of an outfit.
Currently, it’s trendy to wear a dupatta over one arm, to showcase
each intricate detail. Or, they can
be worn to the side in a cowl style by pinning both ends together. They can be
worn with jeans or a long, flared skirt.
Matching top and bottom sets are also popular with added gold-tone jewelry. If the overall look is more casual, the dupatta can be
worn by wrapping the fabric around the neck once, allowing it to drape open and adding a waist belt.
A dress that has a
sweetheart or square neckline and a ruffle hem pairs
well with flat slippers and chandelier earrings. To add a touch of romance,
a sheer scarf with floral
embellishments can be worn around
the neck and shoulders.
Brocaded Dupatta from Banaras with Zari-Woven Flowers
white outfit with linen-style pants and a long tunic is the ideal relaxed
look and can be
paired with a blue dupatta that has geometric prints and patterns. Open-toe
sandals in a thong design are the
best fit for shoes. A more elegant look can be achieved by wearing a dupatta across your chest in a sache-like
manner along with matching floral print pants and a cropped top (with
the dupatta is a scarf that has deep rooted religious and cultural meaning.
Within the more modern times, they
have evolved to become an accessory that can be folded and pinned as an expression of personality and style. The light weight
fabric is the main feature
that allows an easy wearing experience. When heavier
materials are used to create memorable wedding
items, the historical passion shines through
the most! The dupatta scarf will remain
a wardrobe staple
for women of all ages, as it continues to move with each moment in time.
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