Styling your Dupattas
Long gone are the days when it was cute to wear dupattas that were short because the focus was on the remaining part of the dres
Long gone are the days when it was cute to wear dupattas that were short because the focus was on the remaining part of the dress. Now, it is the 'dupatta' that's in focus, period. Because come to think of it, most of us do not even wear full blown suits with dupattas anymore; but when we do, it's a value-add and probably the center of attraction. And, thanks to ever-changing designs, your dupatta choices are practically endless. Plus you can wear them in several different ways.
Phulkari dupattas are an accurate representation of the liveliness of Punjab. The highly intricate multi-colored embroidery done on either jute, khadi or georgette fabrics are popular everywhere. From street styles to big designer labels, all have suddenly picked this style up. The best part about these dupattas is that you do not need a set pattern, you can mix and match them. Just keep the outfit simple.
Bandhani style dupattas go way back in time, and the technique is known to be as old as the Indus Valley Civilization. These are knotted and dyed dupattas that come in a variety of fabrics. Rajasthan and Gujarat are famous for their authentic bandhani or bandhej dupattas. Bandhani style sarees, dupattas or suits never really go out of style. You can simply wear a bandhani dupatta with a black or a white kurta and pair them with tribal jewelry to look effortless.
Banarasi Silk Dupatta
Banarasi dupattas, as the name suggests, originates from Varanasi, UP – a place known for its many wonders. The Banarasi brocade saree was always popular for its rich and heavy duty zari work that exudes grandeur. But the Banarasi style dupatta suddenly found its way back into Indian couture line. If you have not tried one of these, you should. Keep the rest of your outfit simple. A floor length Anarkali dress will be a perfect match.
We all have them, love them, and cannot do without them. Your average everyday dupatta will more often than not come in georgette because it is light, elegant, and comfortable to work with. There's nothing more classy than a georgette dupatta if dealt with well.
Mirror Work Dupatta
Mirror work is another style that is equal part contemporary and vintage. It is not specific to a particular fabric; you would typically find these in cotton, georgette, chiffon, etc., which are easy to work with and can hold the mirrors. You can dress up or down when you wear this dupatta, based on the occasion.
We are all going back in time and bringing back all our old traditions again, especially with clothes.
Just like the Banarasi and Kalamkari, Ikat is becoming increasingly popular. From sarees, blouses, dresses, one-piece dresses, and dupattas, Ikat is everywhere. It defines Bohemian fashion in the truest sense.