Back in the day women used to wear dupattas as a symbol of modesty, but now it’s one of the many items we put on to express our own unique style. A dupatta (also known as ‘odni’, ‘chunni’, or ‘chunari’) is a huge scarf type of thing that can be draped around you in a number of ways. It can also hang freely from your shoulders, revealing the gorgeous embroidery or print. There are as many types of dupattas as there are sarees, but we’ve gathered 9 of the most beautiful ones with styling tips on how to wear them. Enjoy!
Chanderi Silk Dupatta
The simple and elegant Chanderi dupatta comes from a town with the same name in the state of Madhya Pradesh. These dupattas are among the most elegant and exquisite pieces of clothing a woman can wear and will look great with dresses made of tussari silk, cotton, linen, or zari. Best to wear for festive occasions.
From Punjab comes the intricately designed Phulkari dupatta that is all about gorgeous embroidery and attention-grabbing floral patterns. Wear with a simple outfit of muted colours to let this dupatta truly stand out.
Banarasi Silk Dupatta
Every Desi girl needs a Banarasi silk dupatta in her wardrobe because it’s the very definition of chic. If you want to glam up your salwar kameez – this is the way to do it! You can also pair it with a long Anarkali dress for a truly stunning effect. Sarees and dupattas made in Banaras have always been popular among Royalty!
Kalamkari dupattas are hand painted masterpieces that take a lot of time and precision to make. Weavers create stunning dupattas that go incredibly well with any other clothing item in your wardrobe. Choose a quirky design and wear it with a very simple kurta for a casual, yet breathtaking look. Throw in some tribal jewellery for a truly spectacular look.
Madhubani dupattas are known for their intricate art and truly eye-catching patterns created with natural dyes. If you want a dupatta that stands out – this is it! Madhubani dupatta originated in the Mithila region of India and Nepal, and a variety of natural elements like twigs and sticks are used to create the elaborate patterns.
Ikat dupattas are bringing back the old traditional geometrical designs and a very peculiar type of dyeing the fabric that is done before the actual weaving even starts. Right now Ikat dupatta is becoming a part of high-end fashion, which means you automatically become a glam diva when you wear one!
Net dupatta is a signature element of any party attire. No look is complete without this heavily embroidered shiny dupatta that can be worn with about everything from lehengas to special party dresses. It just makes everything look more fun and festive!
Chiffon dupattas are an absolute delight to wear. They are incredibly light, smooth, and soft on the skin, which makes them easy to carry around. They are worn both for party and casual looks as they can easily transition from one style to another with the right clothing and accessories.
Bandhani dupattas come to us from Rajasthan and Gujarat, bringing with them the remnants of the Ancient Hindus Valley Civilization. Bandhani designs are timeless and never really go out of style. For the most stunning look wear Bandhani dupatta with a simple white or black kurta to make it stand out even more.