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Anthropology of the Dupatta
  • Dupatta, orhni, or chunariya – no matter what you call this glorious 3 yards of fabric, there is no denying the fact that it has maintained a quiet, steadfast presence in our rich history. Much like the peepal ka darakht with its quiet strength, the dupatta has been watching over us – like a mushkil mein kaam aanay wala dost all these years.

 

Maa ka pyaar dupattay ke through izhaar.

Used everywhere as a baby sling or carrier

 

Dulha dulhan ka aanchal.

Carried ceremoniously in weddings over the bride and groom as a symbol of protection

Gathree baando aur chal paro

 – use your dupatta to carry all essentials

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– "I used to take your aunts to school. What are their names…?Oh yes, Parveen and Tahira! Your mother, Shakila, was small then, a tiny baby! I literally brought her up! You can ask her! Ask her if she remembers her Shamsheer Kaka? BTW what are you doing here at Bhabi's? Are you here to stay? Please, come along and have lunch with me! My wife would be very pleased to see you! You resemble your mother very much! Oh you have eaten? Have chai with us then?" . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #lightroom#adobelightroom#lightroommobile#snapseed#ig_Pakistan#canon#canonasia#dawndotcom#vscocam#travelbeautifulPakistan#vscocam#PicturePakistan#portraitmood#portraits #indiapictures#portraitsmag#portraits_mf #portraitphotography#nothingisordinary #quitethechaos#expofilms#ftwotw #featuremeseas#portraitvision#moodyports #portraitspage#creative_portraits #pursuitofportraits#profile_vision#majestic_people#6electports

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Sajaawat ka saathi

– hang your colourful chunariyaas for effortless décore.

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Pardey mein rehnay dou.

Use for modesty or as a shield against dust and germs.

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Satrangi khel khelo

 – dye and repurpose dupattas for years and years to come.

Image by Dawn

Lukka chuppi ke khail,

dupattay aur saheliyoun ke sung

Wrapped around the head,

the puggh in all it’s glory

 

Zarah sa jhoom lou

in this jhoola made from ammi’s dupatta. (Shh, don’t let her find out!)

 

Through thick and thin

– providing shelter and endless décor opportunities

 

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Shifting into a new house?

Hang them over the rod as a make-shift parda!

Image by Ghazala Rahman

 

 

Garmyoun ki sakht dhoop se bachao

– the dupatta can be your knight in shining armour!

Image by mom_in_dubai

No shade?

No problem! Use it as a cover for maximum visibility of your phone and laptop!

Image by Naima Gillani

 

There you go, the dupatta and some ways it has been used.  Show us a fun and inventive way of using a dupatta and get into the #dupattachallenge by sharing your images and tagging us.

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