Though originally reserved for Indian traditional wear, dupattas have increasingly garnered international appeal in the fashion arena. A dupatta is a rectangular-shaped cloth that typically measure 2 to 3 feet down the back when draped in half over the shoulder. This basic design serves as an ideal starting point for creativity to flow. As such, their use in Indian wedding ceremonies have allowed for unique designs and draping methods. Dupattas are traditionally worn by women as a sign of respect for elders or for worship. Thus, a delicate balance must be struck between draping based on design and appropriately covering the body.
Cover your head with equal lengths of the dupatta resting on each side. If you have jewellery in the part of your hair, place the dupatta with the edge midway on your head so the jewellery can be displayed. If there is no jewellery, feel free to pull it forward to match the hairline. Let the dupatta come over your shoulder and skim the length of your body for an elegant look.
For a traditional look, wear your hair in a high bun and drape a light dupatta over your head like before. Do not bring the dupatta forward, rather let it hang loosely from your bun. Have another heavy dupatta draped around your waist and over your left shoulder. Secure this with a waist belt.
For another look, pleat the dupatta and place it on your right shoulder with the pleated portion hanging in front above your knee. Maintain the pleats near your chest and pull the edge of the dupatta that runs from your neck down the middle across your body to cover your bust. The pleats will fan out with this motion. The hanging edge of the dupatta in front has two corners so pin the left corner to the left side of your waist. This will be secure while the right edge will flutter loosely. Take the end of the dupatta hanging behind you and wrap it around your left wrist in either direction one time. In this manner, the dupatta can hang from the inside or outside of your wrist.
Draping methods vary from region to region in India. Research these different methods for more unique draping ideas.