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Relief depicting men in antriya and uttariya, 1st century AD

An uttariya is a scarf-like piece of cloth from India. It is like a shawl and descends from the back of the neck to curl around both arms, and can be used to drape the top half of the body. It was usually made of fine cotton or silk, but can fine leather. Carvings that feature this garment date back a long way but there are few examples of this garment surviving so fashion historians study the reliefs.[1]

The dupatta is an evolved form of the uttariya.

It is still worn throughout Indian subcontinent and is traditionally worn over kurta, achkan or sherwani since classical age. It was usually used in combination with the antriya, an ancient version of the dhoti, held with a sash or kayabandh. The uttariya could also be used as a turban, by both men and women.

Lay brothers of the Buddhist community would typically be dressed with the antriya, accompanied by an uttariya and a larger chadder, all colored in saffron.


  1. ^ "Uttariya - Fashion, Costume, and Culture: Clothing, Headwear, Body Decorations, and Footwear through the Ages". www.fashionencyclopedia.com. Retrieved 2018-04-04.