The groom on this photo can be easily identified as being a Nepali. How? Thanks to the unique pattern of the fabric his costume is made of. This handwoven fabric is called Dhaka. It is still quite popular here, one can see women wearing Dhaka blouses and shawls; men like to cover their heads with traditional hat topi made of Dhaka fabric; grooms from the Chhetri community often wear traditional costumes in Dhaka patterns on the wedding day; for Newari people Dhaka clothes are required for performing funeral rites.
Weaving Dhaka fabric. Photo courtesy DFAT photo library
Kids wearing Dhaka pajamas. Photo source
Limbu girls wearing Dhaka blouses and shawls. Photo source
As time demands changes, not only hats and costumes are made of Dhaka fabric nowadays but tablecloths, place mats, bed and cushion covers too. Besides, designers try to incorporate traditional patterns of Dhaka into their modern designs to give it the second life.
Dhaka collection by designer Shama Banu
Dhaka shoes Julian Louie and ALDO's collaboration
Dhaka shirt, Studio JUX
Inspite of still being quite popular Dhaka is a dying art and needs to be preserved. When buying such products, one should realize that they are not just pieces of fabric but works of art and represent creativity, skills and hard labor of the weavers.
If you enjoyed this post please like my page on Facebook. Thank you!
Related posts Modern life of traditional Indian textiles