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Dhaka topi

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[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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]


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]


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.


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