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.