7 Different Ways to Drape Lehenga Dupatta

by Sweta Tiwary on February 13, 2013 · 96 comments

7 Different Ways to Drape Lehenga Dupatta

Hello pretty ladies,

Wedding season is on full swing, and we all love this time of year because it gives us more reason to dress up. We all want to look our best and different than others in the wedding, but if you see the kind of attire we can choose from then the choice is very limited Sari, salwar kameez or lehenga we mostly wear one of this. What makes the difference is how we style it. Lehenga is a costly dress, and other then weddings we don’t really get chance to wear it many times, however wearing the same lehenga again and again is boring and no one wants to do that. But if it is draped differently it can change the whole look and can fetch you many compliments too. So no more doing the same Gujarati /Rajasthani pallu style for lehenga, let’s try something new and interesting. I have come up with 7 styles with photographs and instructions on how to do them. Let’s check out all the styles one by one.

1. Tie on wrist:

This one is simple yet elegant style of draping, which gives a bit of royal feel at the same time is very practical to. To do this style pleat the dupatta and keep it on your right shoulder, adjust the length of pallu (let it fall little below your knees) and secure with a safety pin as you generally do. Now take the other end of the dupatta and place it such that only the board is visible, fold it around your wrist in a loop and secure it with safety pin. You may need someone’s help here to put this pin, in case you have no one then put the pin first then insert your wrist in it. This style also gives you nice posture as you always have something in your hand. Picture shows how it looks from front and back.
Tie on wrist

2. The Half Sari:

This style of dupatta draping is inspired from the south Indian half sari. In this style dupatta hugs your waist making your waist look more defined and slim. Take one corner of your dupatta and tuck it in at right side of your lehenga. Now let the dupatta wrap your waist, make pleats and secure it with a pin on your left shoulder. Make sure dupatta is making a nice V at back and is tightly wrapped around. This will make you look slimmer, and will hide your problem areas like stomach and waist.

The Half Sari

3. The V pallu:

V pallu is modified version of Gujarati /Rajasthani pallu, it is a good option if your dupatta has a lot of work on it and if the blouse is plain this will cover that up. So to get this look tuck one corner of the dupatta in left side of the lehenga as you do for Gujarati /Rajasthani pallu then make pleats and secure it with pin on your right shoulder. Let it fall till your knee. Then take one corner of dupatta and put it on your left shoulder as shown in picture. While doing this make sure you are making a clean V in front. Put a pin to secure the neat V on top side. This is a very good option for people who have heavy upper body. As the V of dupatta removes the attention from your problem area and makes you look slimmer.

The V pallu

4. Sidha-Ulta pallu:

This one is my favourite, it looks very modern and interesting. This style if you see from one left side and front looks like sidha pallu(Gujarati /Rajasthani pallu) and from right side and back it looks like the ulta pallu(normal style of sari). To get this look first tuck one corner of dupatta in left side of lehenga then make the pleats and let it go over left shoulder, let it fall till your feet. Now take one corner of the dupatta wrap it around your waist and tuck it on the same place where we tucked the dupatta first on the left side of lehenga. Confused, read the instruction again and see the pictures you will get it. This look is very different and will surly fetch you many compliments.

Sidha-Ulta pallu

5. The bong touch:

This is inspired by the Bengali saree, so if you are attending a bong wedding or just want to put some bong touch to your look then go for this. Pleat the dupatta and secure it on right shoulder with a pin. Take one corner of dupatta from front side wrap it around your waist and tuck in lehenga. Now take one corner of the back side of dupatta bring it over the left shoulder, pleat it in such a way that only the border is visible. This look is like the Bengali sari look but I have just changed the shoulders.

The bong touch

6. Cocktail look:

This look is apt for cocktail parties. To get this look, pleat the dupatta and secure with pin on left shoulder, let it fall till your knee. Take one corner of the dupatta from back side and bring it to front around your waist and tuck it on left side of lehenga as in the picture. So if you have sweated it out in gym and want to show off your  slim waist then go for this look.

Cocktail look

7. Flowing dupatta look:

Have a heavy work dupatta and want to make that the centre of attraction then opt for this look. Tuck one corner of the dupatta on left side of the lehenga, then bring the dupatta on top of the left shoulder, pin it. Take one corner of the dupatta and wrap it around you and tuck at back side. This will cover up your all your problem area and flaunt the beauty of your dupatta.

Flowing dupatta look

I hope you all liked these looks and will try them out too… and please let me know how you liked them. That’s all for today, stay stylish and rock this wedding season.

 

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{ 96 comments… read them below or add one }

jomol February 13, 2013 at 10:22 am

Wow Sweta….awesome…..loved all the drapes….the V one, the bong touch, the half saree one….all of them actually :)

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sweta February 13, 2013 at 10:46 am

Thanks Jomol :D

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Esha February 13, 2013 at 10:27 am

Fabulous.. why didn’t you show us your pretty face :( I think the tie on wrist is always very classy…i love the bong touch too.. very nice post.

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sweta February 13, 2013 at 10:47 am

I am shy girl Esha :P
Thanks :)

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neha February 13, 2013 at 10:28 am

wowie sweta u really have a slim waist :P
lovely post and loved the blouse a lot:)

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sweta February 13, 2013 at 10:51 am

Thanks Neha….. :D
This blouse I designed …. I bought this matrial and got the lehenga stiched :D

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Shruti February 13, 2013 at 10:28 am

Oh mann! This came at such a great time!!…Thank you sweta!! Now I can try these at an upcoming wedding , where I have to wear a lehenga..yayyy!!
Loved the bong touch and the V Pallu..and wow the lehenga is soo gorgeous! :) Love that green! :)

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sweta February 13, 2013 at 10:52 am

Thanks Shruti…. Do share your pictures with us in lehenga :D

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Devie February 13, 2013 at 10:30 am

OMG…this post is a life saver. No kidding! I usually wear my lehengas half-sari or flowing style and it sucks because everyone thinks I’m wearing a saree! I can’t do V-pallu, because I’m top heavy and it makes me look much bigger up there.
I’m going to try tie-on wrist, seedha-ulta and cocktail look next time. You won’t believe how many lehenga pictures I’ve been browsing to find an appropriate draping style. Thanks a lot! :D

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Devie February 13, 2013 at 10:31 am

Jomol please come to the rescue :)

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jomol February 13, 2013 at 10:39 am

Devie….rescued….Good morning :P

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jomol February 13, 2013 at 10:40 am

Devie….”makes me look much bigger up there.” LOL :P

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sweta February 13, 2013 at 10:50 am

Thanks Devie,
Actually the V pallu is done perfectly is supoosed to make you look slim.. just try it out and ask ppl at home to tell you honestly if that makes your upper body look slim… otherwise baki style tho hai heen :D

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Devie February 13, 2013 at 11:08 am

@ Sweta… that makes sense. Will try it out and get feedback. I think I’ve been bunching up too much fabric in the “V,” which adds bulk.

@ Jomol…Morning! :D Time for me to go to bed, though :( . And *blush* I was only speaking euphemistically :P

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Shikha February 13, 2013 at 10:34 am

nice and very helpful post…

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sweta February 13, 2013 at 10:53 am

Thanks Shikha… :D

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fahveen February 13, 2013 at 10:44 am

Great Work!! I am book marking this!!

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sweta February 13, 2013 at 10:56 am

Thanks Fahveen :)

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lakshmi February 13, 2013 at 10:46 am

oh so awesome.superb post.all the ideas are fantabulous.ur lehanga looks so pretty.

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sweta February 13, 2013 at 11:15 am

Thanks Lakshami :)

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lakshmi February 13, 2013 at 10:49 am

bookmarked it

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ife February 13, 2013 at 10:52 am

wow thanks a lot… what a useful post… bookmarked :)… as devie sd i have also searched for draping styles with no use….

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sweta February 13, 2013 at 11:21 am

Thanks ife :)

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Parita February 13, 2013 at 10:57 am

commendable effort! hats off!!

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sweta February 13, 2013 at 11:21 am

Thanks Parita :)

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Rati February 13, 2013 at 10:58 am

oh woooowwww shweta. the lehenga is soo pretty and so is your figure. :P every style is gorgeous but my personal fav is half saree because i find that easiest to carry and i can wear a saree without actually wearing it. :P Loved the post shweta :)

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sheetal February 13, 2013 at 11:03 am

Seriously! I was just watching her figure :P

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sweta February 13, 2013 at 11:23 am

Thanks Rati… :)
And look who is complimeting me, the queen of style & fasion hehehe …. thanks again :)

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Hema February 13, 2013 at 11:05 am

lovely post dear thnk uuu very very much

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sweta February 13, 2013 at 11:55 am

thanks Hema :)

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Amisha February 13, 2013 at 11:08 am

Shweta, u r such an intelligent girl..
What a wonderful post!!
Loved allllll the styles very much..
I dont this that I need to go to a parlor for getting the dupattas draped now..
Pl do a favor n show us some different styles of draping sarees as well.
N yes, plz show up ur face this time.. would love to see the whole look..

Kudos!!

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sweta February 13, 2013 at 11:18 am

Thanks for liking it Amisha… And if people are really intrested in saree draping tutorials i will love to do it.

I love wearing saree and experimenting with it So I will try to work on your request Amisha :)

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Amisha February 13, 2013 at 11:54 am

That’s so sweet of u shweta :)
Luv u for this..

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jomol February 13, 2013 at 11:09 am

Awesome figure Shweta…wolf whistles :P

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sweta February 13, 2013 at 11:23 am

thankyou Jomol :D

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Shikha February 13, 2013 at 11:16 am

loved the sidha-ulta and the bong touch..have also bookmarked..thanks for sharing..

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sweta February 13, 2013 at 11:55 am

Thanks Shikha :)

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Shami February 13, 2013 at 11:16 am

thats a very good post!! apart from half-saree i never tried anything else since i am a south indian so that was the only style i knew.. :D

wish you showed your face as well :) :)

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sweta February 13, 2013 at 11:56 am

Thanks Shami… Now you can try other looks too… :)

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priya February 13, 2013 at 11:20 am

Wow Shweta it’s lovely, I’m a person who strays away from ethnich wear due to all the fuss bout draping the flowy dupattas n lehangs but this is definitely useful for a person like me, thanx for sharing, TC

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sweta February 13, 2013 at 11:57 am

Thanks Priya… Do try them out next time :)

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Vini February 13, 2013 at 11:24 am

Loved all the styles and ur f*gure …
Especially V shape, bong touch and half sari
Great Work …. :-)

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sweta February 13, 2013 at 11:57 am

Thanks Vini :)

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Dee February 13, 2013 at 11:26 am

Bootifulllllll………

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sweta February 13, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Thanks Dee

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aparajita February 13, 2013 at 11:27 am

that’s SUCH a clap worthy post shweta! :D i donot own a lehenga as i always thought i don’t have the figure to carry it. but now with these various styles, i m sure it will look good on me too! am bookmarking it! thanks a lot hun… lots of love!

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sweta February 13, 2013 at 11:58 am

Thanks Aparajita…. you will rock all these looks too I am sure of that :D

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soumia February 13, 2013 at 11:31 am

Shweta, very innovative post..have never seen so many options anywhere else! !!and u look great and fit!! plz do something on diff ways to wear a stole and salwar dupatta too

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sweta February 13, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Hi Soumia,

your request is taken :) I will try to comeup with different wats to wear stole and dupatta !!

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shilpi February 13, 2013 at 11:36 am

job done beautifully Shweta, amazing options you’ve given!

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sweta February 13, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Thanks Shilpi :)

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divya February 13, 2013 at 11:44 am

very nice styles and all are so elegant. best thing all are easy to do also. need one suggestion one of my lehanga dupatta is very heavy (heavy embroidery), its so heavy i cant even tell you. that lehanga i always consider useless but i really like to wear that. which dupatta style you will suggest which will go with heavy dupatta. (my body size is mediocre kind of not thin not chubby)

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sweta February 13, 2013 at 11:54 am

Hi Divya,
the description of your lehenga reminds me of my wedding lehenga, that is also so heavy.
such heavey dupattas can not be fixed with just one pin. I will suggest you to try tie on wrist style but do not pleat the dupatta, keep it flowing. that way you won’t spoile your duppta with so many pins and the heavey work on dupatta will be visible too :)
hope this helps..

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divya February 13, 2013 at 2:42 pm

thanks Sweta for the suggestion, trust me its really of great help….my wedding lehanga is also very heavy it looked great that time ,now i dont think its of no use except karwa chauth…if you can do any tutorial on how to reuse wedding lehanga will be great….:)

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sweta March 3, 2013 at 2:36 pm

That sounds like a real challenge Divya…. :)
I will try if I can comeup with some workable ideas :D

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ekta February 13, 2013 at 11:56 am

Beautiful style.I love wrist style so mch.vry elegant.
n ur blouse too.
Keep updating usefl post like ths.

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sweta March 29, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Thanks Ekta… i will :)

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Vipra February 13, 2013 at 12:04 pm

I hv tried the v- neck and half sari drapping styles but m eager to try the bong style never imagine could drape it with lengha… Thnx a ton for this wonderful post…. In betwn Slim waist lucy you…!!!!:)

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sweta March 29, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Thanks Vipra :)

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Vipra February 13, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Oops its *lucky*

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Rama February 13, 2013 at 12:17 pm

wwo nice sweta..
but i dont have a single lehanga..i end up buying silk sarees :) :)
but i will bookmark this page.if at all i buyone, i wil use ur tips :)

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sweta February 13, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Thanks Rama :)

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sucharita February 13, 2013 at 12:24 pm

dats such a wonderful post sweta!!! i was just searching for styles to drape dupatta for my wedding lehenga…. the ones i find online are mostly impractical…. but these are just gorgeous… thanks so much dear !!!!

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sweta February 13, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Thanks for liking suchitra…. :)
I know at times it is very difficult to find somthing different and wearable at the same time… !!

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prachi v joshi February 13, 2013 at 12:35 pm

LOVED THIS ARTICLE

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sweta February 13, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Thanks Prachi :)

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Manisha February 13, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Perfect figure & easy ways of draping. I never wore lehenga though but after this post Me too want lehenga :)

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sweta February 13, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Go for the Lehenga Manisha :)

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Nafisa Ali February 13, 2013 at 1:02 pm

U hav a lovely figure!! :) loved all looks thanks for sharing!! N such a pretty colour of th lehenga my goodness! My personal fav is th look 3 here :D seriously thanks so much for doing this!

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sweta February 13, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Thanks alot Nafisa :)

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hana February 13, 2013 at 1:49 pm

wow this is a gr8 post…..bookmarkin it

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sweta February 13, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Thanks Hana :)

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Natasha (Nats) February 13, 2013 at 2:09 pm

very novel and unique post… i am not a fan of sarees just worn 2 to 3 times in my life… bt u seem to be a pro…. love all the style esp the bong touch…good for healthy women like me :)

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sweta February 13, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Thanks Natasha :)

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Sanhita February 13, 2013 at 2:11 pm

WOW!!

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sweta February 13, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Thanks Sanhita

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Mansi February 13, 2013 at 2:28 pm

WOW!!!! this is really helpful, just what i needed…. thanks for posting it!!! :D :D BTW youve got a nice figure :P

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sweta February 13, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Thanks Mansi :)

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priyadarshini singh February 13, 2013 at 2:33 pm

excellent post!!! thanks a lot sweta.. i was desperately looking for different ways to drape chuni on lehnga..:)

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sweta February 13, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Thanks Priyadarshani :D

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monika February 13, 2013 at 2:36 pm

lovely post… I usually do the half saree look :)

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sweta February 13, 2013 at 3:37 pm

yes Monika that is easy and very prectical :)

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sahiba February 13, 2013 at 2:37 pm

o wow… i mean awsum work sweta… now that is why we love imbb… here everybody does so much work to share their knowledge with each other… i have my real brother’s wedding in 2 months and i was trying to find this stuff on google… ;) ;) and today this post comes up. hehe… thankyou sweta… :) :)

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sweta February 13, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Thanks Sahiba :)

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Nidhi R February 13, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Oh my God….this is just awesome Sweta. I have already laid back my lehengas….think its time to ger them out..Kudos and u do have a figure to die for…

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sweta February 13, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Thank you Nidhi :D

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mothini February 13, 2013 at 7:44 pm

awesome post sweta!!!!u hav beautiful figure:)

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Sweta February 13, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Thanks mothini :)

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Sneha nair February 13, 2013 at 10:04 pm

moderation :x

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sweta February 13, 2013 at 10:36 pm

Thanks Bipasha… :D

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neetu aadya lohani February 14, 2013 at 2:44 am

Shweta such hot happening n apt post yaar.. :) i already saved ur tips for festivals and occassions.. really u made our task so easy peasy.. I wud personally ask u for more detailed tips for pallu.. i hope you won’t mind.. :P :)
This is my fav post of all in imbb..:)

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sweta February 14, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Thanks alot Neetu…. and you are always welcome to ask any thing, I would love to help :D

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Nidhi February 16, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Hey Nice styles.. Loved the Bong touch.. :)

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sweta February 17, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Thanks Nidhi :)

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avtar January 12, 2014 at 6:10 pm

Thanks sweta… Actually my mother work in a parler.. She wants different style to drape a dupatta.. Now I find this things here… If you have another styles for
drape dupatta or any other helpful tips for parler… Then Plz send all this on my email I’d… I will be thankful to you…. And again thanks from me and my mother:)

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sweta August 19, 2014 at 5:54 pm

you are most welcome Avtar :) and tahnks for liking my post *thankyou*

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