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 .
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.
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.