What is a dupatta?
Firstly ,a Banarsi duptaa or a Phulkari dupatta for instance, is a versatile stole integral to traditional Indian outfits such as the salwar kameez or lehenga choli or sharara. It is also known as like chunnari, chunni and odhni. The dupatta is used to cover the upper part of the body and in some instances cover the head too.Further, both traditional & modern women wear a dupatta. It is fashionable.
For instance, reading about the origins of dupatta is interetsing.Uttariya is still worn throughout Indian subcontinent and is traditionally worn over kurta, achkan or sherwani since classical age. It accompanies the antriya, an ancient version of the dhoti, held with a sash or kayabandh. The uttariya was also a turban. Both men and women wore it. The dupatta is an evolved form of the uttariya.(WIKI-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uttariya)
Above all, the dupatta has evolved from being a simple fabric to an essential part of women’s ethnic outfits.
There are no dearth of patterns, designs, colours and fabrics apropos a dupatta. For instance, this is a stylish apparel and is worn in a number of attractive styles. Further, dupattas are made with fabrics such as cotton, silk, chiffon, georgette & Banarsi dupatta . Above all, there are elegant embellishments, weaves, mirror work and embroideries to enhance the appearance.The Phulkari dupatta from Punjab is very popular.
The incredible variety of dupattas in India is quite overwhelming. Let us share a few examples. The Khada Dupatta is a six-yard long dupatta from Hyderabad.It is heavily embellished and is worn during weddings .The chiffon dupatta is popular for its natural flow and soft fabric.The printed ikaat dupatta is attractive and classy. In addition, this is from Pochampally. The Kutch mirror dupatta is also made in Kutch,Gujarat. The simple block printed cotton dupattas from Rajasthan are hugely popular. Similarly, the Bandhej dupatta. It is adorned with tie & dye designs. Check out the Gujarat & Rajasthan State Emporiums for the hugely popular dupatts.The Chikankari duptta is lightweight and has white embroidery on pastel cotton. The heavy Banarsi brocade dupatta is from Varansi ,again in the State of Uttar Pradesh. Finally, the beautiful Phulkari dupatta is from Punjab.
The dupattas look equally elegant when fused with western apparels too.
Available at Delhi :
Salwar Lane Street Shopping ,Goonghat, Nalli Silks, Banares Ekaya,(for banarsi dupatta)
Phulkari(for phulkari dupatta)
Gurjari ( Kutch worked dupatta )
Gangotri,( for Chikankari dupatta)
Roshan (stylish dupatta)
Dilli Haat( wide range of dupattas)
Krishna Stores Anokhi , Suvasa ,
RattanDeep ( Kota,leheriya dupatta)
Available in Bangalore – Salonee Silks Cotton ,Cinnamon,Soch
Kalpa Durma ( cotton dupatta)