Wrapped and draped garments are the oldest form of apparel in South Asia. So, it’s no surprise that scarves are a dominant part of the cultures of these countries. What’s beautiful about the scarves seen in South Asia is the detailed and often elaborate embroidery that goes into making them.
Since Islam dominates this sector of the world, a lot of the reason behind wearing head coverings is due to religion. The way that these veils are created and worn are a reflection of which part of South Asia these women come from and how their culture has put their own spin on the garment. This explains why the veil goes by several different names. For example, in North India and Pakistan, the veil is called dupatta, and it can cover the entirety of the body. In Lakdah, the headdress is called perak. It is covered in pieces of turquoise and covers the head like a “cobra hood”.
South Asian women have found a way to combine their religion with global fashion in a way that does not stray too far from the original purposes of the veil. Wearing the veil is not an act of suppression, but rather a way to remain faithful to their religion while at the same time practicing self expression in a beautiful and intricate way.