A dupatta is not a mere piece of clothing that goes with salwar-kameez. It has the ability to accentuate or tone your ensemble down. With a lot of designs available to choose from, let’s take a look at the types of dupattas available in the market to go with your outfit on special occasions.
Pom-Pom Dupattas: Tiny colourful spheres of fibrous material attached to the borders of the dupatta to make it more fun looking.
Ikat: The yarn is treated with resist dyeing techniques which results in beautiful geometric or other designs. So in reality, tie-dye, batik prints or other designs are done before the cloth is actually woven.
Silk Dupattas: Chanderi dupattas are hand woven in block prints, floral, peacock or coin designs are embroidered with gold or silver threads on pure silk, chanderi cotton and silk cotton to give an appearance of brocade. Chanderi dupattas and the sheen and opulence of banarasi silk dupattas make them look a class apart on any occasion.
Hand-printed: Kalamkaari dupattas and Madhubani print dupattas fits the category. Kalamkaari means a freehand drawing with pen and involves tedious steps of dyeing, bleaching, hand painting, block printing, starching and others to make the fabric. Madhubani is an art done using nib-pens, twigs, matchsticks etc. Both types of art have eye-catching designs and can easily add a quirky look to your outfit.
Gota–Patti: The art originating from Rajasthan uses appliqué technique to create patterns with gold or silver ribbon and lace.
Embroidered Dupattas: Phulkari embroidery which literally translates to flower-work is a type of geometric-shaped embroidery famous in Punjab. Traditionally done using colorful silk floss threads over a cotton cloth, the art is now done on range of fabrics. Chikan is a traditional embroidery style originating from Lucknow. Both kinds of embroideries perk your dress up when used with a mellowed or plain garment.