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Khada Dupatta, also known as Upright Stole, is a traditional wedding dress worn by the Muslim brides of Hyderabad and Hyderabadi Khada Dupatta is a matter of pride for Hyderabadi Muslim Brides since the reign of Nizams.
This elaborate, royal looking wedding outfit is paired with a kurta (tunic), churidar (extra-long slim pants that gather at the ankles), and of course the matching dupatta (veil) which is 6 yards long.
In the early 17th century, Mughal Empress Noor Jehan invited Turkish and Persian craftsmen to craft a royal dress, particularly only for family members of Mughal royal ladies. But later, when Nizam-ul-Mulk, Mughal governor declared his self-government over Deccan Suba (Hyderabad.), the begums of Nizam’s family adopted the Mughal’s style and creatively modified it to form the Khada Dupatta, which would be woven on silk cloth with pure gold and silver threads, popularly known as Zardozi embroidery.
The draping of dupatta is done by tucking the top part of the middle of dupatta into the back of churidar. Then, it is folded into pleats like an accordion at both the ends.
Draping style of the Hyderabadi Khada Dupatta is completely unique. Watch the video above to learn its draping style. Celebrity like, Sania Mirza, too wore this traditional wedding outfit on her wedding.
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As you know, any bride is incomplete without jewellery. So down below is the complete list of the jewellery that is usually accompanied by the ensemble:
Tika: Worn on the forehead and suspended by a string of pearls.
Jhoomar: An ornament which is fan-shaped and is worn on the side of the head.
Nath: A nose ring.
Kan Phool: Earrings that covers the earlobe as is matching to the Guluband.
Guluband: A choker necklace either studded with uncut diamonds or precious stones or pearls.
Ranihaar: A long necklace of pearls with a wide pendant.
Payal: The anklet.
Gintiyan: The toe rings.
The legacy of wearing Hyderabadi Khada Dupatta on their wedding is still carried on by all the Muslim brides of Hyderabad. And not only brides but also the bridesmaid carry this outfit.
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