Palpa, known for producing Palpali Dhaka on a national and international scale, has been designated as the ‘Dhaka’ textile capital.
Dhaka is Nepal’s traditional handloom fabric.
Dhaka is a well-known Nepalese textile used for clothing. It is woven by delicate hands-on handlooms with great skill and effort. Dhaka is a vibrantly colored city with intricate geometric patterns. Palpa district is well-known for its Nepali cap known as Dhaka Topi. Palpali Dhaka is a well-known brand in Nepal.
Rama Gharti, Lumbini Province’s Minister for Law, Women, Children, and Senior Citizens, and Narayan Prasad Duwadi, joint secretary of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, and Supplies, jointly announced Palpa as the capital of ‘Dhaka’ at a function here.
On the occasion, the minister stated that the provincial government would provide assistance to develop women’s entrepreneurship, stating that this effort would help increase the trade and transaction of Dhaka clothing. This helps people become self-sufficient and reduces their reliance on others.
Similarly, joint secretary Duwadi emphasized the importance of entrepreneurship development and expansion in light of the increased opportunities and challenges that have resulted from the district’s designation as Dhaka’s capital.
Tansen Municipality Mayor Ashok Kumar Shahi stated that the municipality had run various programs related to Dhaka fabric in collaboration with the Skills Enhancement for Employment Project (SEEP) and UKaid.
Purna Maya Maharjan, Chairperson of the Palpali Dhaka Association, stated that a brand has been created for Palpali dhaka in order to prevent customers from being cheated in the name of Palpali dhaka.
Various dhaka-made products such as wallets, ties, bags, kurta, daura suruwal, and gift items have been introduced into the market under the brand name ‘Palpali dhaka.’ The project’s partners include SEEP, UKaid, the Lumbini provincial government, Tansen Municipality, and the Association.
In the district, there are approximately three dozen entrepreneurs engaged in dhaka trade. Dhaka industries can be found in Tansen, Kaseni, Madanpokhara, Kusumkhola, Chirtungdhara, Bandipokhara, and Argali. This has become a reliable source of income, particularly for women.