Dhaka topi

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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 as well as Maithali language. Men wear a long kurta dawra suruyal and patuka instead of a belt. It is worn by many Terai, hill and himalayan communities. Dhaka topis are also given away as gifts during Dashain, Tihar and Chhath festivals.

History[edit]

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—Capital City of Bangladesh. This is evident when comparing Nepali Dhaka topi designs by hand made machine .[1]

Manufacture[edit]

Topis are generally manufactured in Palpa and in the Eastern Region of Nepal mainly Bhojpur. They are made in hand looms set in Nepali homes.

Price[edit]

One can get Dhaka topis in a range of prices. At 2014 prices, it can cost anywhere from NPR 300 to 3000. Custom designed Dhaka topis cost a lot more.

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