Dupatta is a long piece of cloth, almost scarf like, that is worn around the head. The origins of the dupatta dates as far back as the Vedic times when both men and women would drape it around their necks. With time, the act of wearing a dupatta evolved from being used as a piece of fabric for practical purposes to something that complimented the dressing style of women.
The dupatta is usually worn with a lehenga, churidar or salwar kameez. Mainly worn by Hindu women, the dupatta spread its roots to other South Asian cultures too. A dupatta signifies the modesty of a woman and, when used to cover the head, it is also a show of respect and reverence, especially towards one’s elders.
The act holds importance in many households and in temples, where people are encouraged to cover their heads before entering. India Imprints is amazed by how a simple piece of cloth can be the upholder of so many stories and traditions.