From a traditional veil to a fashionable scarf, the fashion of dupattas has come a long way over the years. The dupatta is a stole used to dress up Indian outfits such as lehengas. The once considered royal, Khada dupatta which was fashionable for brides in Hyderabad during the Nizam era, has recently become a trend for women again.
Anjum, a city designer says, “These days cotton, mulmul are not at all used as they are not worn on a regular basis. Nowadays, the preference is for net fabric. Also, initially only colours like red, green and orange were used while making the dupatta. But the new fashion trends have included a range of colours including black.”
“There has been a lot of innovation in terms of design; now there are antique finished borders and motifs, patch work and so on. The patterns range from heavy to not very glittery to suit the situation”, she added.
The sudden interest in the Khada dupatta again is believed to be due to Sania Mirza, the tennis star who wore a Khada Dupatta at her wedding.