Khada Dupatta



A picture of manequins dressed in pure gold and silver studded Khada Dupattas in the Chowmohalla Palace

The khada dupatta is an upright stole or a standing veil where a 6 yard long dupatta is draped over a churidar and kurta.

The Hyderabadi Khada Dupatta is just another variation among the different styles of draping the saree. The Maharashtrians’ Kashta drape, the Oriyans and Bengali drape, the Madisaara style, Kodagu style or the Nivi style.

A manequin dressed in Khada Dupatta at the Chowmohallah Palace

Khada dupatta is worn by Muslim 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 exposing the midriff.

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(woven in gold or silver) sarees and khada dupattas back in time.

Khada Dupatta worn by commoners

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.

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