Dupattas or stoles are known by many names across various parts of South Asia viz. Chunri, Odhni, Pacheri, Chador among other names. Dupattas and Stoles have been an important part of a woman's ensemble. Dupattas have traversed a long way from the time when they were treated as symbol of modesty to the current era where they are used to enhance and highlight one's looks.
Dupattas and stoles are no more a default accompaniment to Salwar Kameezs but have found a separate section for themselves in the fashion industry.
A Stole is a shorter Dupatta and is used to pair with indo-western clothing. Stoles with Indian traditional weaves and prints compliment well with both Indian Kurtis and Western tops and shirts. They are now an integral part of the global apparel industry and being sought out, across the World for their elegance and ethnic looks.