- 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
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.
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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
Shifting into a new house?
Hang them over the rod as a make-shift parda!
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Garmyoun ki sakht dhoop se bachao
– the dupatta can be your knight in shining armour!
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No problem! Use it as a cover for maximum visibility of your phone and laptop!
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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.