No salwar suit is complete without the separate 2 m plus covering piece or the Dupatta. As accompaniment to the salwar suit, suitably adorned to match, as contrast or complement, the Dupatta offers itself as backdrop for captivating patterns and motifs, canvas for exotic prints and abstract designs, lends suitable support for magical thread work or embroidery, allows breezy floral prints to infuse a new freshness in the surroundings.
Fine hand woven dupattas – exceptional weaves
The appeal of handloom fabrics lies in the ethnic hand woven techniques employed to churn out fine, soft, transparent, airy, light and aesthestically appealing fabrics. The choice of vibrant colours, the use of organic dyes, the quality of weaving, the employment of limited resources; yet outcomes are a sensational mix with borders, designs, patterns, motifs, themes, hand painting and exquisite embroidery that even modern day methods fail to match. It is an amalgam or delightful blend of ethnic skill, care and devotion. The Dupatta, the scarf or the stole brought out as handloom fabrics woven with dedication and care are worth every inch of the weave.
An engaging fabric, one exquisite dupatta easily pairs well with different salwar kameez. Also known as chunni, the colourful dupatta has utilitarian functions also. It is used as a protective scarf in windy conditions, serves as a stole or shawl in cold weather, turns into a handy fabric for reverence when visiting a Gurudwara (sikh temple) or as a cover for the head in the presence of elders in the family or visitors. In passing it may be mentioned that this decorative fabric serves beyond its useful life as chunni by its aesthetic appeal as light colourful curtains in a house.
Why not be creative? Use the dupatta as a jacket.
Old hat for those who have already tried out, it is definitely something to be checked out by those who love fashion but have no inkling on how to go about it.
The Way to do it
- Take the dupatta. Fold it in the centre into two equal halves, length wise.
- Add a clutcher or pin at the centre point.
- Turn the dupatta and attach the clutcher pin to the centre of the back portion of the kurta. This will prevent the dupatta from getting displaced.
- Mould the dupatta over the arms on either side, wrap around each arm loosely.
- Fix a pin at each end (left and right, equidistant from the neck on either side.
- The looseness should allow the free movement of arms.
- Remove the dupatta and keep it on a flat surface.
- Create pleats at either end, like we do for a saree.
- Let the pleats come out neat. If it has got displaced then re-arrange the pleats.
- Remove the pins at either end that was meant for fixing. Pin again by including one end of the pleats on either side at exactly the same point used earlier.
- Use another pin at both ends to secure the opposite corners of the pleats.
- Wear the jacket.
- Now let us have the loose hanging end either side fixed.
- Create pleats again and secure the length equidistant with two or three pins.
- See that the pins are not visible to onlooker’s view by keeping them hidden below the arranged pleats.
- Your fancy designer jacket is done.
- Enjoy the limelight and the lovely comments.
If you are successful and satisfied with this way of doing it, try the same with different designer dupattas in vibrant colors with lovely designs and motifs and become an amateur designer yourself by determining how you would like to combine it.
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