Jan 27, 2010
Drape and Shape - Dupatta Setting
images via Kara Purtell Photography
Dupatta - the alluring fabric so deeply embedded in the south asian culture (with many a song to prove it - remember lal dupatta). Today we shall attempt to answer the ever present question of how to actually keep the dratted thing on your head without it falling off (if that's how you plan on wearing it). The secret is...bobby pins. Yes, plain black bobby pins that you poke through the dupatta and pin into your hair - which may seem counterintuitive considering you are poking holes into the fabric but trust us, it works. And don't worry about the holes, they're so small they'll never be noticed, especially if they're made along a seam.
It also helps to have a build up of hairspray and volume in your hair - and a bump-it doesn't hurt either. A safety pin just doesn't cut it because the cloth and hair end up slipping through the pin and the whole thing is just not secure enough. But if you also want to pin the dupatta to your shoulders, safety pins do come in handy.
Do tell us if you know cool ways of actually keeping the dupatta on your head!