Hyderabadi Khada Dupatta

by Abeer M on July 9, 2013 · 28 comments

Hyderabadi Khada Dupatta

Hello friends! How are you all? Last week was quite busy for me. I had to attend so many weddings. Here in Hyderabad marriages are quite a gala affair. Everybody just loves to dress up and put their best foot forward in the weddings in every aspect let it be clothes, accessories, makeup almost everything. The one thing that hasn’t changed in this city of Nizams is the royal attire for the wedding day, that’s “Khada Dupatta” the exact meaning being Upright stole. It is an elaborate wedding ensemble comprising a kurta (tunic), churidaar and a 6-yard dupatta .
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History of Khada Dupatta:

Khada dupatta is worn by women of the Deccan plateau and so the influence can be seen with the addition of a long kurta and a pyjama ensuring maximum coverage unlike in the other forms of saree draping that involve a small choli or a blouse .The Khada Dupatta was not only worn by the royalty during the Qutub Shahi era, the Asaf Jahis and the Nizams, but commoners also wore this outfit. There dresses though would be simple mul cotton khada dupattas with a choli kurti and cotton pyjamas for daily wear.

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For special occasions, the khada dupattas would be woven in silk with pure gold and silver threads. It was common for people to own sanchi/real(woven in gold or silver) sarees and khada dupattas back in time.


Ensemble of Khada Dupatta:
Kurta: This is a long A- line tunic mostly with puffed sleeves. There is heavy border generally called masala on the neck and sleeves of the Kurta.
Churidar: It is mostly made in brocade and is of the contrasting colour of the dupatta.
Dupatta: The dupatta is usually made of net material and embroidered with zardozi work. The border of the dupatta has masala or a ribbon border with embroidered golden motifs.
Draping style for Khada Dupatta:


The dupatta is draped with the very top part of the middle of the dupatta tucked into the back of the chooridaar. The dupatta is folded accordion pleats at both ends, which are held in place on the left shoulder with a brooch. The free ends of the dupatta are worn under the right shoulder and over the inside of the right elbow.

The legacy of the Hyderabadi Khada Dupatta is still kept alive by Hyderabadis as it remains the official traditional bridal dress for Hyderabadi brides and bridesmaids. Celebrities like Sania Mirza, Soha Ali Khan too have worn it in their wedding.

It is a completely unique style of draping the dupatta which I think needs a mention in our blog IMBB. So, that you all can also have a new option to try it out in the weddings to come. It completely transforms you and gives an elegant look to the whole attire. I hope after reading this article many of you would love to try it.

P.S: The last pic is of my wedding. I hope you all like it. I was a bit shy and nervous to share it.Heheheh 🙂
Image sources: 1, 2, 3, 4

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neha July 9, 2013 at 6:10 pm

informative *clap* *clap* thnks abeer


Abeer July 9, 2013 at 9:51 pm

Thanks neha *puchhi* this is my first fashion post was a bit nervous whether I have written it well or not .. Glad everyone liked it


Nazia July 9, 2013 at 6:11 pm


U look great!
Iam not much of a fan of this attire,but, u do, look, graceful in it
When did u to married?


Abeer July 9, 2013 at 9:50 pm

Awww …it a good option fr a change even I was apprehensive abt khada dupatta wore it for my marriage first time.. And some then just love it *pompom* *pompom*


Radhika July 9, 2013 at 6:12 pm

awww Abeer u look gorgeous in ur wedding attire… *puchhi* *puchhi* and lovely post!!


Abeer July 9, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Thanks radhika *hifive* ur comments means a lot sweets


Nazia July 9, 2013 at 6:15 pm

*i mean got married?


Divya July 9, 2013 at 6:25 pm

I love this attire…have heard alot about here in Hyderabad from Hyderabadi friends. I want to have one they said me i can get them in Charminar Area..please let me know where I can get the same I am desperately looking for one. Between You looking so adorable in the pic…color is also woow.


Abeer July 9, 2013 at 9:48 pm

True divya.. Charminar is the area where u get this .. Recently there r a few website which ship the dress too u can search it online too.. Thanks fr the comments *puchhi* I am sure u too will look pretty in it


Sahiba July 9, 2013 at 6:30 pm

you look pretty abeer… 🙂


Abeer July 9, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Sahiba…. *puchhi* thank u sooo much


saloni..!! July 9, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Abeerrrrrrrr you look gorgeous and really beautiful *woot* *woot* *woot* *woot* why were you scared, you look so pretty *drool* *drool* *drool* and yes very informative article… good to learn these new things *happydance* *happydance*


Abeer July 9, 2013 at 9:46 pm

*puchhi* *puchhi* thanks dear… I was a bit nervous as I haven’t shared my pic before *scared* sooo happy u like it


Rashmita July 9, 2013 at 6:47 pm

*puchhi* you look so cute in the pic….


Abeer July 9, 2013 at 9:45 pm

*pompom* glad u liked it dear


Anita July 9, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Mashallah u luk stuning n a v.informative article i wz not at all aware so thanku so much 4sharing dis


Abeer July 9, 2013 at 9:44 pm

Awww thanks Anita .. I know many ppl aren’t aware of it so thought of sharing it with u all


Aru July 9, 2013 at 10:42 pm

Inspite of having lived in hyd for the past 12 yrs, i wasnt aware of this. Thanks for the info. And you looked really pretty on your wedding day. Well written article too.


Abeer July 9, 2013 at 11:26 pm

*jai ho* Thanks Aru.. That’s sooo sweet of u.. Hehehehe…12 yrs and u weren’t aware 😛 😛 chalo good u know it now ..


Rati July 9, 2013 at 10:48 pm

lovely article abeer. I seriously had no clue it’s calle khada dupatta. i think that’s soha on saif’s wedding. Totally loved reading about this. you look lovely on your wedding. :))


Abeer July 9, 2013 at 11:28 pm

*puchhi* Rati I had just hoped that u should read my article.. Ur comments mean a lot … *jai ho* thanks fr ur compliment *happy dance* *happy dance*


Abeer July 9, 2013 at 11:29 pm

Rati I wish even u try it one day.. I am sure u will look like a princess *happydance* *pompom*


Abeer July 9, 2013 at 11:31 pm

Yeah soha had worn it on saif “s sangeet.. She had given a contemporary touch to it .. It look quite elegant on her *drool* *drool*


René July 10, 2013 at 2:30 am

It looks so graceful! And I love your picture – You look so pretty!


Abeer July 10, 2013 at 9:54 am

Rene thanks a lot babes *duh* *duh* *puchhi*


sayed maria July 10, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Nice post..and u look pretty 🙂


neetu lohani July 11, 2013 at 7:08 am

gud one abeer.. 🙂 u look so pretty.. *puchhi* i wud love to try khada dupatta.. *preen*


Zeba July 19, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Please could you show how to drape khada dupatta’s dupatta step by step.. it would be very helpful as I have a wedding in near future and I have my wedding khada dupatta and t I have least Idea as to how to drape it..


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