Monday, December 14

Decades of the dupatta

 When adorned by Fatima Jinnah, the dupatta was a symbol of modesty.

By remaining covered with a dupatta during her political campaigning, Fatima Jinnah set a trend among women politicians that continues to the present.

Begum Rana Liaquat Ali Khan draped dupattas with a unique elegance.

A newscaster in the 1970s goes on air with a dupatta, but doesn't cover her head (left); Pakistan's first female Major General, Dr Shahida Malik, wears a dupatta as part of her offical uniform.

Benazir Bhutto the ex-prime minister of Pakistan

The Pakistan Women's National Guard uniform incorporated a dupatta in the late 1940s, but it was nothing more than a sash across the torso.

The airhostesses of Pakistan's national carrier, Pakistan International Airlines, haven't always donned a dupatta.

In 1966, the uniform for PIA airhostesses, designed by Paris-based fashion sensation Pierre Cardin, also included scarf-like dupattas over graceful tunics.

Pakistan's fashion designers have long grappled with the politics and symbolism of the dupatta.

The uniforms of PIA air hostesses have incorporated dupattas in a variety of ways, reflecting the socio-political environment of the time.

For the average Pakistani woman, the dupatta remains an essential and practical component of her daily outfit, the traditional shalwar kameez.




Judy Harper said...

You said the dupattas are a symbol of modesty, also your last picture said it was an important component. How is it a symbol of modesty and does it protect the head from the sun? Also-HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! You are now 22?

sheeza said...

yes it is a symbol of modesty as it is a part of our religious prospect. so it does have benefits from social to personal benefits.

very first dupatta save our hairs from pollution and other such dusty particles which damage our hairs and cost us with alot of money on conditioners, shampoo and other such treatments. so it make us modest and cut short our expense.

2nd we look more elegent while wearing a dupatta. our dress isn't complete without it.

3rd wearing a dupatta in proper way also saves us from evil eye. as no part of our body is visible and no one get any kind of wrong feeling and can't even stare. so its a protection shield for a girl.

and judy thanks so much for wishing me. i am really happy . bcoz no one yet wish me and its evening here. you are the first one. thanks again.

MelRoXx said...

very nice post! Begum Rana Liaquat Ali Khan looks fabulous! what an elegant women!

Helen McGinn said...

Great post! Thanks for sharing, I've learned something new. I see it is your birthday from Judy; Happy Birthday!

I hope you had a great day.

Helen x

gaelikaa said...

I love the dupatta - I'm living in Lucknow in north India and while I wear saris on formal occasions (being married into a Hindu family) I find the shalwar suit/dupatta much more convenient. It's very versatile isn't it? It can be a sash or a scarf. I'm planning to post something on this later today. Come over and have a look if you like.

MelRoXx said...

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Kaibee said...

Oh what a great post! Very nice! I am a female blogger from Pakistan as well! I am sixteen! Check out my blogs!

Really nice blog! :)

sheeza said...

@ melRoxx;

thanks for wishing me i ll look forward to your blog.


i ll join you right after replying all my worthy friends.


you know i am your fan and i read yours and judy post. can say your fan.

and i read your profile thoroughly and i like you.

@ Helen McGinn;

so nice too hear that you like it. and cosider it worthy too post your comment.

and thanks to all for wishing me my birthday.

Em said...

Fascinating. I'm afraid I'm not educated enough in the customs of other nations, so thank you for this beautiful look at the dupatta.

Happy belated birthday as well!!

Stopping by from SiTS to welcome you to the gang - Em

sheeza said...

thank u for wishing me and well i am here for the delineation of my land PAKISTAN.

Betty @ Wholesale Purses said...

Great post! Very informative. Thanks a lot!