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The variety of traditional Indian clothes: 5 ways to drape a dupatta

Updated on December 8, 2014

The Dupatta

Dupatta is the Indian name for the long scarf you can find as a complement in many traditional South Asian womenswear clothing such salwar kameez, kurtis and choli.

There are many traditional ways to wear a dupatta which can also vary from occasion to occasion. In addition, with time, new more modern and stylish option has spread over and nowadays there is hardly difficult to keep track of all of them.

Since is wedding season we have decided to select our 5 favourites styles which are a better fit for attending ceremonies - both as brides and guests.

Pick your favourite and enjoy your draping!

Traditional Maharani Draping Style
Traditional Maharani Draping Style

Traditional Maharani Style

The traditional mode of wearing a dupatta, also called Maharani style, want the scarf draped over the head of the bride in a U-shape with the ends left hanging on the back.

Gujarati Style Drape
Gujarati Style Drape

Gujaraty Style Drape

A simple and elegant way to wear the dupatta is the very popular Gujarati draping style which wants the scarf being worn from back to front.

This style is very versatile and looks good both on a saree as well as on a lehenga.

V Pallu Dupatta Draping Option
V Pallu Dupatta Draping Option

V Pallu Dupatta Style

This draping option is ideal if your dupatta has a lot of embroidery work on it whilst the underneath blouse is plain.

In this way the dupatta falls open till you knees and the beautiful embellishments are visible to everyone.

Dupatta covering the bride face
Dupatta covering the bride face

Covered Face

A charming and vintage draping style recently become once again very popular is to use a transparent dupatta to cover the face of the bride.


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