A Dhaka topi (Nepali: ढाका टोपी ) or Nepali topi (Nepali: नेपाली टोपी) is a type of hat, popular in Nepal. The hat is made of a fabric called dhaka, which is also used for a type of blouse, a dhaka-ko-cholo. The word topi means "hat" in the Nepali language. Men wear a long kurta dawra suruyal and patuka instead of a belt.
The Dhaka topi is so called because the design of the print can be traced to a traditional weaving and design style originating in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This is evident when comparing Nepali Dhaka topi designs with Jamdani sari designs from Bangladesh.
Nepalis consider Dhaka topi as a source of pride, and it is very much attached to the culture. It is widely worn by government employees, and forms a part of the national dress. Though the history of Dhaka topi is still debated, it is believed to be used by the Nepali people since at least last two hundred years, and is the replica of Bhadgaunle topi (a black round hat, used in Nepal) made from dhaka fabric.
Two Nepalese men, one wearing a Bhaad-gaaule topi, and the other wearing the Dhaka topi
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