The dupattā, also called chunni, chunari and chundari, is a long shawl-like scarf traditionally worn by women in the Indian subcontinent to cover the head and shoulders. The dupatta is currently used most commonly as part of the women’s shalwar kameez outfit, and worn over the kurta and the ghagara.
The origins of the dupatta can be traced back to ancient India. It was initially worn by women as a symbol of modesty and to cover their heads and shoulders in the presence of men. Over time, it became a fashionable accessory and was often embellished with embroidery, beadwork, and other decorations.