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Nepali Dhaka Topi Professional

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Location: Butwal
Price: ₨.900

It's made for Dhaka clothes.

Dhaka Topi, pride Nepalese men carry on their heads, is a significant part of our national male attire – Daura Suruwal. This topi represents as a symbol of our nationality. It has different varieties with specific names.

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Making Dhaka cloth is passed down for many generations. In the beginning days, before Ranas, the Kiratis were known as silk farmers. Etymologically some sources show that the name Kirat itself is a hybrid form of the word Kereta: the silkworm. Hence, the talent of creating fabric from nature is a cultural heirloom of these Nepalese communities.

And the Dhaka is an outstanding outcome of this very heirloom – no two Dhaka patterns are ever the same. The variety of colorful geometric patterns of the Dhaka are completely an individual and creative work of the weavers.

History of Dhaka Topi

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The Dhaka topi is a part of the Nepalese national dress and a symbol of Nepalese nationality. It was popular during the time of King Mahendra -1955 to 1972. Wearing a Dhaka topi is mandatory for official photographs for passports and documents. Dhaka Topis are gifted during Dashain and Tihar festivals.

Government officials wear it as a part of the national dress. In that time, Dhaka topis were accessible in rental service near the Singha Durbar (Lion Hall) in our capital. The badge of khukuri cross is worn on the cap by officials in Kathmandu or when a Nepalese visit the Palace but not the common Nepali.

Dhaka Fabric and its origin

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This flat Nepali cap is made of various patterned cotton fabric. The fabric originally was imported from Dhaka (Capital of Bangladesh). Hence, it was named Dhaka Topi. It is the hand-spun cotton weaving which makes beautiful, colorful patterns for Dhaka topis. It is the most distinct and popular cotton textile in Nepal.

This pre-dyed cotton is brought from India and woven by craftsmen into complex designs using few colors. Dhaka topis are found in multicolor which includes red, green, white, blue, brown, etc. They are also decorated with golden thread to let it shine and glitter.

Round at the base with 3 to 4 inches height, it is a symbol of the mountain after ice melts. It is linked with the greenery and vegetation that comes after the melted ice flow as rivers.

History of Bhadgaule Topi

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Before Dhaka topi, we have a black cap. It is known as Bhadgaunle Topi. Its name is derived from the place Bhadgaun, currently known as Bhaktapur. The Newars of Bhaktapur are in majority to put on this Topi as their culture. It is mandatory for the officials in the institutions like the army, the police, and the scouts.

Later, colorful Dhaka topi was in more of people’s interest. People fancy wearing in programs, events, etc. For the official photographs, it is compulsory to put on Dhaka Topi or Bhadgaunle Topi. Most of the ethnicity of our country naming Brahmins, Chhetris as few wear it generally.

Bhadgaunle Topi – Fabric and its Origin

Bhadgaunle Topi is a complete black cap with particular textured fabric. Whereas Dhaka Topi has wonderful designs with multicolor threads. It comes in various beautiful patterns. Men look astounding when they carry this with fresh and crisp Daura Suruwal.

Official men pin a badge of khukuri (our national weapon) or the flag (our national emblem) which distinctly shine on their heads.

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Our elder generations (Newars) tuck a small fresh flower behind one of their ears which typically reveals our culture. The flower between the topi and the ear looks perfect on their smiling faces.

History of Palpali Dhaka Topi

Palpali Topi and its Manufacture Process

Nepalese fashion at present is a vast mixture of international fabrics and clothing. But before that Dhaka was an exquisite fabric produced. Dhaka is woven in the loom. Limbu and Rai women of Palpa and Tehrathum used to sit on the floor and yarned the local cotton using ‘Charkha’ (wheel). They then dyed and dried the yarn under the sun. Finally, they spun the yarns using the handlooms.

In Palpa, this trended since Magarat era. In those days every house had this trend of weaving Dhaka. At present, it is rare to find such woven pieces. The machine loom is made from Salla tree (pine tree) which is known as ‘Tangsing’ in the Magar language. This tree is plenty in number in Palpa district. Hence, its headquarter is named Tangsing in Magar, at present -Tansen.