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20 Types Of Dupattas For Stylish Women To Stack

We just love every piece in our closet; from that LBD to that long ravishing designer lehenga. But have you ever noticed, what is making your daily ethnic looks with saree, lehenga, salwar suit or kurti so alluring? Yeah, it's your plain and sometimes designer dupattas that inject the magic spell. But do you know which type o dupatta will really suit you or which one will go with the time? So, here we brought you the trick and treat!


by : Paromita. On 01/02/17. 5 Comments.

We love every piece of our closet and they are such little pretty darlings of our heart that we never fail a chance to know more about them. Isn’t it? In a fashion conscious world, where your lifestyle and management matter a lot, it needs to be a little bit sorted. At least you should know which type of drape you should carry with what or otherwise things can go really nerve-wracking, especially for fashionistas. There are many staples in our closet which are present in various types and forms in offline market and online arrays as well but we know hardly anything about them. For instance take dupattas, and tell me the type of dupatta you carried last time.
You remember? Tick Tock Tick Tock...n...Times up!

We remember the colour, design, sometimes, the length and pattern also but we hardly bother ourselves to remember most important thing, the fabric. It is the only thing which makes us feel so comfortable and thus confident throughout the gala.



There are oodles of styles and materials over which the magic is woven that you need to know before picking them up. You may select wrong type of dupatta for the occasion and the same can be the reason of your hatred for them. So, it is very important to know about them before wrapping yourself up. Dressing is an art and needs much attention and care while doing so. So, here are the 17 types of dupattas for every woman and girl to stack for special occasions and moods.

Net Dupatta



Net Dupattas are the beauty numbers for every stylish woman and girl. They are light in weight and have an extreme sheer texture. With a particular amount of embroidery, it can also go either way. The most attractive thing net dupattas is floral patch work or chikan kaari. These stylish drapes for women can be worn over the head (of course half way over the head). Fix it with stunning Jooda pins or traditional clips in your hair. Partly shown and partly covered, this dupatta type is most common among the fashionistas of modern days.

Occasions: Weddings, Lawn Parties, auspicious events
Fashion Verdict: You can take them as a cape while pinning both the ends at the front.

Georgette Dupatta



Georgette is known as the most easy breezy staple in woman’s wardrobe. What can be the reason behind this? Georgette is the best known fabric for summers, spring and happy days of the year. So, whenever you are in best of your spirits go for a beautiful floral printed georgette dupatta. They are generally light in weight and feature a little bit transparent texture. Light lace works, print patterns and pom poms can be attached to them to enhance its over-all looks however heavy works may shatter the look of these delicate drapes.

Occasions: College days, Lawn Parties, casual meet-ups and gatherings
Fashion Verdict: They look great with long Pakistani suits or kameez with denims.

Banarasi Silk Dupatta



Banarasi silk dupattas are the royal picks for lavish events because they are quite like heavy bunks made for special galas only. But fear not, you can always opt for sophisticated and minimal worked chunnis for your casual days. These are not meant to be worn on your head but are awesome for layering. If you are visiting any of your uncle’s or aunt’s home who is a great art and culture enthusiast, make them their pleasing treat with your dressing – complementing denim and khadi tunic with a stiff Banarasi silk dupatta.

Occasion: Social gatherings, hubby’s official parties, at any inauguration or launch
Fashion Verdict: Add an old vintage look to your pretty appeal with this golden staple, silk dupatta. Even they are a great hold for your formal days.

Pashmina Dupatta



Pashmina is basically an art originated in Kashmir, India. The type of print which we see over these dupattas is widely known as Kashmiri art. It takes over a month’s toil and complete dedication to bring such a piece of heartthrob and thus Pashmina dupattas are slightly expensive than the others. They can add instant elegant impact to your appeal which will further bring you oodles of compliments. These feminine staples are truly comfortable and warm to wear all day long during chilly days. Featuring a natural sheen, these staples are favourites during concerts and events where art enthusiasts are visiting.

Occasion: Social gatherings, fashion and art concerts, marriage ceremonies, engagement
Fashion Verdict: You can also take them as a shawl or stole with sarees.

Chiffon Dupatta



Another dreamy substance to flirt with – chiffon dupattas.
Chiffon dupattas are extremely light in weight and flimsy and thus you should avoid taking risk in investing in excessively embroidered chiffon chunnis. It’s better to take a plain dig on them. On the other hand, this fabric is almost similar to georgette and showcases its easy breezy nature best in summers, spring and happy days. These dupattas are amazingly soft to touch and great for pre-wedding ceremonies photoshoot.

Occasion: engagement, casual days, formal hours, social gathering
Fashion Verdict: Wear them with nude makeup and nude pumps for a complete ethereal aura.

Velvet Dupatta



A great winter partner like ‘partner in crime’, these velvet dupattas are like brides dream come true. These are the great style accessories for them who always wish something lavish, luxe and royal at the same time in their dress. The creamy texture is the main alluring thing here and for the same reason, they are quite heavy and cannot be veiled over head. A complete velvet pick can be really heavy and tough to carry as a bride. Opt for a mix and match of velvet dupattas with prints over another fabric. But if your style mantra is ‘you dream it; you have it’, then opt for a velvet bridal dupatta in less patchwork.

Occasion: Include it in your bridal outfit, trousseau, family functions and fashion shows
Fashion Verdict: You can always layer them like a shawl. Avoid heavy makeup and catch this attire with block heels for a good support.

Pom Pom Dupattas



Whenever we hear ‘pom-poms’, we generally imagine fluffy squashy ball of wool which is good to play with! What it if they come on your dupattas or at the edges of chunnis? No pun intended; these materials are highly in demand in the making of a contemporary dupatta due to their quirky looks. Whenever you wish add some fun in your dressing, you can always add them in the array.

Occasion: Include it in your bridal outfit, trousseau, family functions and fashion shows
Fashion Verdict: You can always layer them like a shawl. Avoid heavy makeup and catch this attire with block heels for a good support.

Zardosi Work Dupatta


Thanks to heaven.......Thanks to Persia, who brought this art to India. Zardosi work patterns were once used in the garbs of royals, kings and queen but nowadays a fashion spree among all fashion enthusiasts. The same technique entered India through Mughal conquerors. In India, Lucknow is known to be as the garh of this kind of technique. Zardosi work dupattas showcase complex nature, floral and leaf motifs, contemporary and marvellous geometric patterns. Originally, zardosi threads are made of an alloy of gold and silver and thus this fine art is available at such a handsome cost.

Occasion: wedding functions, family events, lavish throw offs
Fashion Verdict: Wear them with smoky eye makeup and ravishing chandelier earrings and salwar suits for the perfect glare.

Kalamkari Dupattas



Kalam-Kaari, is a hand painted or block printed technique in textile industry. This colour and pattern dyeing is basically done over cotton fabric and only produced by the states of India and Iran. The name is basically originated from the Persian meaning and is loved by both contemporary and rural art lovers. Kalamkari dupattas look best with denim and plain kameez or kurtis for women. The most popular types of Kalamkari are:
1. Masulipatnam Kalamkari
2. Sri Kalahasti Style
3. Karrupur Style

Occasion: Social gathering, casual functions, festive hours, college farewells, formal hours
Fashion Verdict: Wear them with terracotta jewellery and carry embroidered folded clutch.

Ikat Dupatta



Ikat follows resist dyeing on the yarns prior to dyeing and weaving the fabric. The patterns are formed by binding individual threads which are then altered to create new patterns and dyeing (colouring) to form new images. Ikat dupattas are the most comfortable type of drapes which are great during messed up hours. They are neither too bright nor pompous yet so sophisticated.

Occasion: Casual functions, festive hours, college farewells, formal hours
Fashion Verdict: You can try these pretty staples with terracotta jewellery, tribal accessories and handmade bags.

Madhubani Dupatta



Madhubani Painting has provided a perfect euphoria to lots of art lovers and fashion enthusiasts. And the reason behind this is its awestruck religious fineries, drawing of natural phenomena, reflection of feminine beauty and also a wide perception of day to days’ life of the common people. Madhubani dupatta has gained an immense popularity not only among the Indian women but art lovers around the globe.

Occasion: Festive hours, religious functions, college days, formal times
Fashion Verdict: Try them with your denims or any type of traditional kurti or salwar suit, the subtle sheen will definitely pitch up your glare at an instant.

Chanderi Dupattas



Chanderi dupattas feature light in weight texture, sheer adhere and fine luxurious feel. The fabric is originally produced by weaving silk and golden Zari in the traditional cotton yarn. These dupattas showcase shimmering texture and thus is more profoundly worn by the stars of todays. They are weaved and further crafted in the small town of Madhya Pradesh, Chanderi. The practice is majorly done over Indian sarees.

Occasion: Festive hours, religious functions, college days, formal times
Fashion Verdict: Wear them with Kalamkari kameez or suit and get ready to see the aftermath effect.

Tussar Silk Dupattas


Tussar Silk is wild manufacturing of natural product and that is silk. The exquisite thread comes in yellowish-brown colour and is mostly loved and owned by married women in India. The most attractive thing is its source, moths name Antheraea Paphia. The circular marks on their wings clearly reflect your image like a mirror!
The dull texture vehemently radiates antique gold texture which is best for raw embroidery or patterns and prints.

Occasion: Marriage functions, festive times, religious events
Fashion Verdict: You can wear them with Banarasi silk or related Indian sarees to showcase double layering style. Choose plain salwar suits or classic kurti to show off the contrast with this dupatta.

Cotton Silk Dupattas



Cotton silk dupattas come from the awesome blending of both the fabric, silk and cotton. From the blending, the product has gained all the positive natures of both and thus loved a lot by all fashion enthusiasts and art lovers. These drapes feature lightweight advantage, silky touch and comfortable wearing. The fabric has soft hand-feel and really durable enough. This is the most versatile form of silk which makes it suitable to create various other kinds of garments such as designer sarees, classic salwar suits and etc.

Occasion: Casual meet ups, social gatherings, lawn side party, and religious events
Fashion Verdict: Opt for these artistic drapes when wearing chikan kaari salwar suits or sarees or kurtis. They can be worn with denims as well for their simplicity.

Kantha Embroidered Dupatta



Kantha fabric and the specific kind of embroidery are famous in states of West Bengal. This popular style of embroidery showcases the incredible skill and talent of the rural women in Bengal. If you see thoroughly the work of Kantha embroidered dupatta, sarees, salwar suits, dhoti and many other drapes, you will notice that the paints, prints and images depict the world of Vedic times. The technique in this style is known as ‘running’ stitch.

Occasion: Casual meet ups, social gatherings, and religious events
Fashion Verdict: If you are planning to hang out in any art concert or exhibition, this will be your definite pick with a subtle kurti and cropped pants.

Patachitra painted Dupatta



Pride of Odisha, the patachitra paintings are famous not only in India but throughout the globe. These iconic paintings include the wall paintings, manuscript painting, palm-leaf etching, and painting on cloth. This type of art is basically drawn on both cotton and silk fabrics. Patachitra painted dupattas showcase amazing pictures of common people and their daily lifestyle. The raw and rich texture will surely flatter you and people surround you.

Occasion: Casual meet-ups, social gatherings, art exhibitions, a day in the office and religious events
Fashion Verdict: These dupattas will great on plain or simple embroidered kurtis and suits.

Buti Dupatta



Booti work dupatta showcases the delicate designing and decoration of natural elements and events. The works are either so religious or nature linked and this is the reason, they have been cherished and loved by both theist and atheists. Buti dupattas feature this intricate design work on the borders or all over the bodice as stars or sitaras hanging loosely. Craftsmen use multicoloured cotton threads and copper threads to bring out this vehement artwork.

Occasion: Evening parties, lawn side parties, pre weddings events and cocktail parties, social gatherings, and art exhibitions
Fashion Verdict: Pick out intense hues when wearing this type of dupattas.

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