Bride Saba Khan wearing red Khada Dupatta at her Nikah ceremony.
Early in the 17th century, Turkish and Persian craftsmen were invited to India by Mughal Empress Noor Jehan to craft a noble dress, that became particular only for family members of Mughal noble ladies. The art of dupatta crafting remains particular to Mughal descendants. Later when Mughal governor Nizam-ul-Mulk declared his autonomy over Hyderabad Deccan Suba, the begums of Nizam’s family modified the creative style of Mughals to form Khada Dupatta. Which was later practiced by general residents of Hyderabad. The montage gallery at Chowmahalla Palace exhibits the lifestyle royal dresses of Nizams Begums which includes Kada Dupatta.
Sometimes the kurta is worn with a long, lightweight sleeveless overcoat or a shorter koti, a bolero-like waistcoat. The brides wears a matching ghoonghat (veil) over the head.
Hyderabadi Bride Sanya Noor wearing a traditional Khada Duppatta at her Nikah
The dupatta is usually made of net material and embroidered with zardozi work. The border of the dupatta has masala or a ribbon border with embroidered golden motifs.
The usual accompanying jewellery is:
Tika – a medallion of uncut diamonds worn on the forehead and suspended by a string of pearls
Jhoomar – a fan-shaped ornament worn on the side of the head
Nath – a nose ring with a large ruby bead flanked by two pearls
Chintaak aka Jadaoo lachcha or Guluband – a choker studded with uncut diamonds and precious stones
Kan Phool – earrings that match the Chintaak and consist of a flower motif covering the earlobe and a bell-shaped ornament that is suspended from the flower. The weight of precious stones and gold in the Karan phool is held up by sahare or supports made of strands of pearls that are fastened to the wearer’s hair.
Satlada – necklace of seven strands of pearls set with emeralds, diamonds and rubies
Rani haar – a long strand of pearls with a wide pendant
Jugni – necklace with several strands of pearls with a central pendant
Gote – Shellac bangles studded with rhinestones and worn with gold coloured glass bangles called sonabai
Payal – anklets
Gintiyan – toe rings
The dupatta is draped with the very top part of the middle of the dupatta tucked into the back of the chooridaar. The dupatta is folded accordion pleats at both ends, which are held in place on the left shoulder with a brooch. The free ends of the dupatta are worn under the right shoulder and over the inside of the right elbow. Content
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Hamed Khaleel‘s Wife Dr. Sayeda Noreen Fatima wearing an orange colour Khada Dupatta at her Nikah
Hyderabadi Bride Saba Khan along with her sister Hiba Khan in traditional Khada Dupatta
Sanya Noor along with her sister.