The Dupattas, the beautiful and elegant shawl like drape, is one of the most unique of the Indian garments. It is amazing how versatile a Dupatta is, allowing reach wearer to interpret it in its own way. In cities across India, you can see ladies wearing beautiful Silk and Cotton Dupattas in a variety of regional styles. And then there are the seasonal and festive variations. While a Cotton Dupatta is perfect for summers, a Silk Dupatta can make a style statement at your family wedding!
The word ’Dupatta’ means a ‘Double folded scarf’ (Du=Double, Patta=Scarf) in Sanskrit. The tradition of Dupattas goes back as far back as the Harappan civilization, when women as well as men draped themselves in lush fabrics. The Dupatta retained its popularity during the medieval period, as seen from the sculptures and reliefs that grace the temples from Parihaspora in Kashmir to Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu. Apart from being a clothing accessory, it also served a more practical purpose,
And even after several millennia, the Dupattas retains their even in the modern times. Generations of Bollywood actress have flaunted their flowy Dupattas on the big screen.
PeepulTree offers a wonderful connection of Handloom Dupattas online, made by award winning weavers from across India. These dupattas are made with the traditional handloom techniques when have been passed on through generations.
Take for example, the Telia Rumal dupatta, which is made through a unique tie and dye technique that uses oil for the treatment of the fabric giving it the name ‘Telia’. Woven in a flying shuttle loom, the Telia Rumal Dupatta’s display an intricate double Ikat style, which is an old tradition of Andhra Pradesh.
Equally exquisite are the Jamdani Cotton Dupattas from West Bengal. The Jamdani is a fine muslin textile made of cotton, on which decorative motifs are woven using a handloom. This Jamdani weaving tradition of Bengal is considered to be one of the most time and labour-intensive forms of hand loom weaving, requiring great skill and dexterity.
But the most regal among the dupattas are those made in Chanderi in Madhya Pradesh. The Chanderi Dupattas generally made of Silk and Cotton are known for their liberal use of Zari.
Made of Silk or Cotton, in the style of Telia Rumal or Jamdani, PeepulTree offers a fine selection of handloom dupattas suited for every occasion.