A dupatta is the most traditional piece of cloth worn by Indian women and nowadays is worn by women as a symbol of humility all around the world. Dupatta is a staple of women that they can pair with most dresses like salwar kameez, salwar suits, saree, lehenga choli, bridal outfits, party wear, casual wear, Anarkali suit, kurta pajama and jeans, and t-shirts. There are lots of dupattas are made keeping vivid patterns, colors, and designs in the mind. These dupattas instantly add elegance, dupatta, and grace to the outfit and work as a real game changer. They variate from Banarasi dupatta to Bandhani dupatta and there are numerous designs of the dupattas available in the market.
The chanderi dupatta comes from the chanderi place in Madhya Pradesh in India. It is a very lightweight dupatta with sheer adhere and luxurious drapes. These dupattas have elaborate detailing and are colorful. There are some most common designs of chanderi fabric are coin patterns, floral, peacock, and geometric patterns. This fabric is created by weaving in golden zari and silk with traditional cotton yarns. These dupattas can be worn at religious functions, festivals, events, college years, and formal parties.
One of the most remarkable examples of beauty and grace is the net dupatta. These are incredibly lightweight, have sheer texture, are glittery, incredibly elegant, subdued, graceful, and versatile. It looks fabulous with partywear outfits, chiffon suits, wedding attire with elaborate embroidery, salwar suits, traditional attire like lehengas as well as other outfits. This dupatta is supremely outstanding and goes with any kind of suit but it works well with Banarasi salwar kameez with some gota on it and one can create a fun colored glitter dupatta with their clothing. You can wear it as a cap, put it over your head and carry it on your shoulder as well. These net dupattas can be worn at festivals, events, college years and formal parties, and in religious functions too.
Chiffon dupattas are extremely lightweight, delicate, and fragile. They are soft and found best for summer and spring days and also feel breezy and cheerful. Chiffon dupattas are affordable and accessible. They can easily be dyed, suitable with lighter embroidery, and draped easily. Plain chiffon dupattas are more loved than embroidered ones. These dupattas are worn as evening wear and give a touch of grace and elegance to the overall outfit. Chiffon dupattas are very shimmery and decorative. They are well matched with bright colors, a salwar kameez, a plain kurta pajama, and an Anarkali dress with gota work floral printed dupattas. These dupattas can be donned in work, office, college, and engagements. They don’t need an event or function and can be beautifully dressed in your daily wear.
Velvet dupatta and fabrics are perfect for winter and give a lavish and royal feel. Velvet fabric is mostly used for bridal wear at weddings and heavy embroidery work is done to make bridal lehengas and dupattas. The velvet dupatta is quite heavy and difficult to maintain and carry them. Due to this reason, people mix and match velvet with other fabrics too. Velvet fabric is very cozy and warm and has soft feathers feel when touched. These have heavy embroidery work like stone, Zardari, mirror work, and Dori on them. The color intensity of the dupatta is also eye-catching with unique colors such as stunning navy blue, bottle green, black and gorgeous burgundy. As it is found heavy and did not take over to head. You can layer them on your shoulders and pin them up to their outfits because of their weight. The velvet dupattas are mostly worn at fashion shows, family functions, and bridal outfits at weddings.
Banarasi silk dupatta
Originating in Varanasi, Utter Pradesh, the Banarasi silk fabric is one of the finest fabrics in India and is popular worldwide. These are initially made of real gold, royal, and silver threads when making. These are known for their silk and zari work. The designs on Banarasi dupattas are complex and are different floral motifs. The Mughals brought this to India and are often called Mughal-inspired. These rich Banarasi silk dupattas are very shiny, elegant, glamorous, and vibrant. These dupattas are loved by Indian women and are made for special occasions such as wedding ceremonies, formal events, social gatherings, family functions, and party wear.
Gota Patti Dupatta
This type of embroidery originated in Rajasthan and uses techniques by which they create intricate patterns, and beautiful designs with silver, gold, and copper ribbon lace. These dupattas are found best for festivals and weddings. Although gotta work is best suited on net dupattas it can also be done on other fabrics such as silk, georgette, and chiffon. Gota gives a heavy look but is light in weight. Gota’s work is very popular for Indian weddings and is featured in bridal lehengas. These are never out of fashion and can be worn on any occasion, event, or place from weddings to casual hangouts and get-togethers. The gota patti looks best when you pair them with block-printed or bright-colored suits.
Georgette dupattas are similar to chiffon dupattas and are most suitable during the summer and spring seasons. These dupattas are lightweight, cheerful, and comfortable to wear. They are semi-transparent and available in various patterns like light lacework, florals, and pompoms. It can be paired with an Anarkali suit or salwar kameez with some light jewelry. These georgette dupattas are gorgeous and delicate. These can be worn on college days, family dinners, casual hangouts, and lawn parties. These are best suited for evening parties after sunset.
Pashmina fabric originated in Kashmir and comes from changthangi goat or pashmina goat. Pashmina dupattas are famous due to their fine-quality fabrics. Pashmina dupattas are extremely elegant and comfortable. These dupattas are well known for keeping you warm during cold days and have a shiny surface. The Pashmina dupatta is a bit more expensive than other types of dupattas. They are mostly worn in fashion shows, events, social gatherings, concerts, and engagement and marriage ceremonies.
Phulkari is a folk embroidery tradition of the Punjab state and it means phul craft. It is very intricate and done in several designs and patterns using silk yarns on woven cotton fabric, chiffon, chanderi, and other fabrics. The phulkari design is mostly worn at weddings and is hand embroidered. These dupattas are very bright, colorful, bold, and eye-catching. There are many types of phulkari such as thirma, bagh, dwar, darshan, sainchi phulkari, chope phulkari, bawan bagh, panchranga bag, vari da bagh, satranga bagh, and modern-day phulkari. Phulkari dupatta is also known as ‘Pride of Punjab’.
Dupatta has a long history in Indian textiles and has a special space for women in India. There are multiple types of dupattas as discussed. You can keep a variety of dupattas in your wardrobe as staples to outshine in your wedding, family gathering, ring ceremony, festivals, and for everyday wear. You can use them with embroidery or gota for lavishing them to look beautiful. Dupatta is one which symbolizes our tradition in ethnic wear and gives a feeling of fashion with tradition. So, don’t wait for more for it, and design a better dupatta and outfit for your next upcoming event. Go for an outing and find creative ideas for your dupatta dressing for your new outfit this season. Try it and you will feel great!