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[clarification needed] instead of a belt. The hat is worn by many Terai, hill and himalayan communities. Dhaka topis are also given away as gifts during Dashain, Tihar and Chhath festivals.
The founder of the Art of Living Sri Sri Ravi Shankar announced March 1st as the Nepali topi(Nepali: ढाका टोपी ) Day during a visit to Pokhara.[when?] Since then, 1 March has been celebrated as Nepali topi day.
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 .
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.
Two Nepalese men, one wearing a Bhaad-gaaule topi, and the other wearing the Dhaka topi
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