Definition of dupatta in English:



  • A length of material worn arranged in two folds over the chest and thrown back around the shoulders, typically with a salwar kameez, by women from South Asia.

    • ‘Sarees, dupattas and dress material exhibited here are made of silk, cotton, tissue and tussar.’
    • ‘Craftspersons in the region now turn out an impressive range of merchandise, which includes salwar kameez, shawls, dupattas, patchwork quilts, stuffed toys, purses and stylish footwear.’
    • ‘Roohul's life revolved around creating beautiful embroidery designs on kurtas, dupattas, saris and shawls.’
    • ‘Besides coordinated fabrics, dupattas, saris, blouse pieces, kurtas and shirts in pure handloom cotton, mixed-and-matched salwar-kurta sets will also be up for grabs.’
    • ‘But in case you're not too much into pots, we suggest you check out traditional saris, kurtas and dupattas woven in Maheshwari fabric - a material earlier woven exclusively for the Holkar royal family of Indore.’
    • ‘Some weeks back she was walking down a station in Denmark wearing a salwar-kameez, with a dupatta, because it was Eid.’
    • ‘A mix of Indo-western, the collection consists of salwar kameez, saree, lehangas, ghagra-choli, short kurtas, long dupattas, churidars and kurtis.’
    • ‘For convenience and ease of use, most modern women opt for churidars and salwars, with matching dupattas to give them the stylish look.’
    • ‘Men can wear embroidered churidaar kurta sets, tissue, crochet sherwani with a dupatta or a jacket sherwani for the wedding.’
    • ‘I stand halfway behind her, arms behind my back, while Evie adjusts her dupatta and folds her arms neatly across her chest.’
    • ‘The girl runs in the park, her dupatta falling off her shoulder, her hair bouncing, before she collapses like a million pearls on her beau's shoulder!’
    • ‘Often, female dancers cover the head with a dupatta, a fold of cloth.’
    • ‘My white salwar kameez billowing around me, the dupatta somehow entangled in my hair.’
    • ‘The male models presented themselves in well-designed pyjamas and kurtas with their dupattas wound over their neck.’
    • ‘As we talk, his wife Geeta, her head wrapped in her dupatta, sits inside kneading the dough for dinner.’
    • ‘The long kurtas and salwars, short kurtas and parallels with matching dupattas in chiffon and georgette, and shimmering sequin work played up the contrasting combination, at times striking and some times subtle.’
    • ‘She is also very much into scented candles being lit from every nook and corner of the bath and bedroom and scattering the place with bowls of potpourri and draping chairs with swathes of silk saris, or dupattas.’
    • ‘Indian women now also use the style to decorate saris and dupattas.’
    • ‘Apparently her dupatta, a traditional scarf, caught fire while she was cooking dinner for her husband and children.’


From Hindi dupaṭṭā.