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IT’S ALL ABOUT THE HAT

Nepal is to designers and culture buffs what Disneyland is to young kids: an avalanche of eye candies.

No further than the airport arrival lounge you get your first treat: distinguished looking immigration officers wearing a cool colourful hat called “dhaka topi” (dhaka hat).

Considered by Nepalese as a source of pride, this hat is very much attached to the culture and is widely worn by government employees. It is made of a fabric called dhaka, which is so called because the design of the print can be traced to a traditional weaving and design style originating in Bangladesh Dhaka.

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As for us, we thought dhaka fabric could be applied to many more designs than just hats. So we went hunting for a nice selection and applied them to our Nepalese collection blazer, tops, cushions and other designs…. and we are loving it.

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Dhaka fabric on the weaving looms during our visit to the manufacturer in Kathmandu’s outskirts.

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Some of the dhaka fabrics we selected for our collection.

dhaka fabric accessories

Et voilà!

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Top illustration: Sachiko Suzuki @ Monocle Magazine

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