A salwar kameez is incomplete without a dupatta. Salwar kameez with dupatta is called salwar dupatta. Dupatta is a rectangular piece of cloth, embroided or plain measuring two and a half to three down the back or wrapped around the shoulder. Dupatta in red color is common among the women, women call it lal dupatta.
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One is to drape over the head. The other way is the middle portion of the dupatta rested on the chest like a garland with both ends thrown over each respective shoulder. When the dupatta resting is worn along with the salwar kameez it is casually allowed to flow down the front and back, pinned in neat folds over just one shoulder.
Sometimes the two inner ends are knotted together over the other shoulder to form a cowl-like pattern, otherwise it generally drapes down the front and back. Both ends are also allowed to hang down the front, covering both breasts or one end circles the neck and is thrown back over the same shoulder. It is also known as odhini.
Different kinds of dupattas
Indian dupatta has a lot of significance. women wear it over the head as a mark of respect while going to worship and talking to the elders.
As a fashion garment Indian salwar dupatta is an attractive accessory that looks graceful and breaks the monotony of the dress. A plain silken or cotton salwar kameez dupata set ensemble can look simple an elegant when worn with a heavily embroidered or sequined indian dupatta decorated with a beautiful border. Just a change of dupata or the manner in which it is drape adds new dimensions to the outfit.In Himachal it is used as a headscarf knotted at the back of the head and is called dhathu.
Round the neck, it is worn with jeans, sometimes improvising as a sarong or as a turban or a sash the dupatta lends itself to imaginative dressing.
Rajasthani laal dupattas with tie and dye strips in colourful contrast are known as laharia. Laharia means one that ripples in the wind. This refers not just to the dupatta that flutters but also the bold stripes on it that are formed like ripples.
Various known as the dupatta, orhni, chaddar-this headscarf or shoulder-scarf is also called the chunari in Gujarat. Chunari is the term used for the famous tie and dye work of Gujarat and Rajasthan.
Indian salwar dupattas are available in many fabrics like cotton, silk, chiffon, polyester,etc. It is available in almost all the colors and in different patterns like embroidered, plain, zardosi work, printed, and many other forms. The Indian salwar dupattas are available in different ranges depending upon the fabric used.