Today I thought I would come along and do a quick post about some of the different ways to drape your simple chooni/dupatta/scarf. These are all methods I use quite regularly but do not give an entire representation of the versatility of the chooni.
I always start by folding my chooni to keep it nice and tidy, this also stops it from moving around as much when you are wearing it. Start by taking one of the corners of the chooni and folding one of the short ends back and forth between your thumb and fingers.
This is the simplest and easiest way to wear and manage your dupatta, by simply taking the middle of your chooni across your neck and letting the even lengths hang down over your shoulder blades.
Just as simple, and even more flattering, this is continued on from the previous look – simply pull the chooni down to hang as low, or high as you like!
Another way to wear your folded chooni is by simply letting it hang over one shoulder. It is important to keep the creases intact so that it does not look messy! Wearing a chooni like this, is not for home-wear or the clumsy (like myself). It looks especially flattering with formal suits.This is another relatively easy way to wear your dupatta, and it is especially flattering for the curvacious ladies out there!
Open your chooni and let it hang loose, placing the centre of the chooni on your neck and securing it by draping the edges close to your shoulders.Next is a typically Punjabi way to wear your dupatta, and is just as simple and flattering as the others! Keep the chooni open and hanging over your shoulders as in the previous look and take the hanging ends, tossing them over your shoulders, leaving the centre hanging and position until you get the desired effect!This look is best for casual looks, perhaps if you are wearing a jeans and kurta or even jeans and a western style shirt but will be going to a temple later!
Take the chooni and hold a third of it aside, making a loop around your neck and adjusting until both sides are even. Depend on preference, you could also let one of the ends hang at the back!
This is a good way to wear your dupatta when you are ‘ready for action’. I wear my chooni like this when I am going for a walk, playing games or even riding on the scooter. You can obviously tie the dupatta on either hip or behind your back if it is easier!
Next is a way for wearing your chooni when at Gurudwara or Mandir. We first take a long end of the chooni and let it hang straight down our back, tucking it over our ears to cover our hair and tossing the free end over our shoulder. This helps to keep the chooni secured. The only difference in this look to the previous is that the centre of the chooni is placed on top of your head, with either end tossed over the opposing shoulder!
This method is slightly different to the previous, though with a similar concept – centre of the chooni on top of the head, except in this way I tuck the chooni under my ears to stop it from blowing around, toss one end over a shoulder tightly and drape the other loosely!
So there you have it, a number of different ways to wear and drape your duppatta, when attending events or just staying at home!
Hope you found it useful,