A dupatta is a large scarf that is often paired with many ethnic Indian garments for women, such as a kurta, kurti, salwar kameez or ghagra choli. Traditionally, it was worn as a symbol of modesty, but today it is also used as a fashion accessory to make a style statement. In fact, it is not uncommon to see young women draping attractive dupattas over shirts or t-shirts, to jazz up their formal or semi-formal outfits.
A dupatta is alternatively known as orni, orna, chunri, chunni, chadar or ghunghat in various parts of India.
Handloom and Hand-Crafted Dupattas
Just as with sarees, most centers of handloom weaving in India also produce dupattas, reflecting their traditional weaving patterns and motifs. Silk and cotton dupattas in a variety of colours and textures, with woven, painted, printed or embroidered patterns form a delightful addition to a woman’s wardrobe.
Dupattas with Kantha embroidery: Pure silk or tussar silk dupattas have intricate kantha embroidered patterns decorating them. They come in a variety of colours and designs ranging from light and elegant to gorgeous and ornate. A combination of kantha work with tie and dye patterns can also be found on these dupattas.
Dupattas with Parsi embroidery: Luxurious, hand-embroidered Parsi patterns decorate the tussar silk dupattas. The floral motifs in rich, vibrant colours form a lovely contrast against the natural, beige tussar fabric, and highlight the intricacies in the embroidered work.
Dupattas with Batik painting: Artistic, batik-painted designs decorate the pure silk dupattas. Refreshing colours and lively patterns, both floral and abstract, add a cheerful touch to these soft, light-weight dupattas.
Dupattas with Ikkat weaving: Pure silk and tussar silk dupattas are adorned with elegant ikkat weavings. The combination of colours and layout of motifs give a delectable look to these handloom dupattas.