When it comes to variety in fashion, Indians are the most blessed! Right from texture, prints, embroideries, material, etc., our Indian (semi-traditional as well) textile handlooms are ruling the world fashion industry since decades now! Thanks to the Indian fashion designers and stylists since decades, we can mix ‘n’ match and combine pieces of clothing to achieve a look according to our mood and taste! Here are 18 types of handloom dupattas a lady can choose from for the festive season.
The minute you hear this word, you are reminded of ‘sarson ke khet’ and ‘ganne ke khet’. This particular dupattas can go on even the plainest and simplest of white salwar-kameez – though utterly contrasting, the dupatta complements the whites very well.
The regal and rich look calls for a nice pashmina, which, if embroidered with kashidari work (Kashmiri embroidery), will amp up any plain and simple traditional outfit to the next level.
This cotton dupatta is weaved in the small town of Chanderi in Madhya Pradesh and is known world-wide. The sheer cotton dupattas make up for a contrasting complement to your outfit. They are light and are very easy to carry around.
Originated from another small town of Maheshwar in Madhya Pradesh. The history and origin of this particular fabric is linked with Rani Ahilyabai Holkar of Indore, who called upon various craftsmen and artisans from Surat and Malwa to design a special 9-yards saree for her.
When you want to add a touch of grandeur to your otherwise plain traditional outfit, you must opt for a Benarasi silk dupatta. Nothing beats the bling and glamorous touch that it gives to your overall look!
One of the modest silk would be Assam’s muga silk. You can pair it with a short or long kurti and a palazzo.
The Nawabs’ choice – Chikankari embroidery has won millions of hearts… These dupattas might look simple to the eyes, but those who know the art, know the deal about it. Chikankari dupatta will instantly add a touch of royal yet supple touch to your overall look.
Ajrak is a type of block-print, an art from the land of Sindh, made by stamps. Natural dye is used to make these prints. Common colours used are indigo, black, yellow, red, green, etc.
Ikat is a type of bind ‘n’ dye technique. The resist is formed by binding individual yarns or bundles of yarns with a tight wrapping applied in the desired pattern. It comes in numerous colours and the design might seem like a cross between geometric modern design and traditional designs.
Bandhani dupattas are loved by women all around the world, literally. A simple-looking bandhini dupatta can cost for whooping Rupees 10,000-15,000! Trust us when we say that owning a Bandhani anything (dupatta, saree) is something to be extremely to be proud of!
Bagru print is an indigenous art of printing textile from remotes regions of Rajasthan. Traditionally, natural dyes are used in this block-printing. The best thing about bagru print is that they look absolutely stunning on stoles as well. If you bagru printed dupatta is of sheer Chanderi cotton, opt for a plain kurta/kameez.
One of the most rich-looking plain dupattas are those made up of tussar silk. This silk is slight heavy which makes it to sit perfectly on the outfit. Unlike other silks, tussar silk shines lesser but the glam and richness it adds to the outfit is unparalleled.
Kalamkari is intricate and mostly brown and green hued style of printing. It is probably the only intricate design that can give a hip but graceful touch to your outfit. A kalamkari cotton dupatta, unlike other heavily printed ones, does not clash on a pair of printed salwar-kameez.
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Originated in Andhra Pradesh, the mangalagiri fabric is commonly known as ‘South Indian cotton’ fabric. It is slight heavy cotton. Also, if you want to mellow-down the traditional jazz, you can pair a nice hued Mangalagiri cotton dupatta with a plain kurta and chudidar/leggings.
Right from Odisha’s Sambalpur, Sambalpuri mercerised cotton fabric can hold literally any fabric colour! These dupattas can be considered as one of your priced possessions. Also, beware of fake Sambalpuris – if you want to own one, purchase from Sambalpur only.
When it comes to textiles from Bengal region, baluchari will definitely pop in your mind. These dupattas are embroidered with one or two coloured resham thread(s). The traditional baluchari embroideries depict mythological stories and are absolutely stunning! No matter on what outfit you don this dupatta, it will definitely grab all the attention.
Originated from Bagh, Dhar district in Madhya Pradesh, bagh prints are absolutely domestic for almost all handloom textiles lover. Easiest to imitate, nowadays many artisans across the country make bagh printed dupattas. Even though they are mostly of limited colours such as beige, brown, black, red, etc. they go amazingly on differently hued outfits.
Traditionally suppose to be a wedding saree for the rich and royal families of Gujarat, Patola-weaving is actually a double-ikat weaving and is a closely guarded family tradition. The original patolu (plural of patola) are combination of animal motifs and geometric patterns. Style a patola dupatta with a dark and plain outfit, let the all the attention be on this rare piece of Indian art-work!