Dhaka Fashion by Wenke Sommer


Since many years, the use of Dhaka, the traditional handmade fabric, has been dominating various Nepali wears- be it Daura Suruwal, Chaubandi Cholo or shawl, and attires made from this textile had been preferred to be worn during ceremonies from birth to death. But now, since wearing Dhaka-made wears is becoming trendy bit by bit even in causal occasions, check out these coolest Dhaka-made jackets, coats and shirts; who knows, you might end up having a fetish and wear it throughout the wear because Dhaka keeps you fresh in summer and specially designed layered Dhaka keeps your warm in winter.

For centuries, craftsmen from Nepal have been weaving the unique and pure cotton cloth ‘Dhaka’ using handloom. Modern day Dhaka is also used to create bed sheets, handkerchiefs and table mats. Micro-Enterprise Development Program, a program under the purview of Ministry of Industry Nepal, has been promoting Dhaka producers in Terhathum, Nawalparasi, Nuwakot, Ramechhap, Parbat and Udayapur districts to build their entrepreneurship and technical skills, facilitate bulk purchase of materials to lower the cost of production, and develop market linkages with buyers in Nepal and abroad.

Genuine Dhaka is woven by hand, with one weaver able to produce up to two meters of fabric in a day, depending on the design.

Using pure cotton thread and a locally fabricated wooden handloom, weavers turn out an array of the geometrical designs in a range of colours, from the traditional reds and greens used to make topis, the Nepali men’s hat, to vibrant purples and pinks often found in women’s shawls and skirts and the more earthy tones adorning dining tables.


About the designer

Wenke Sommer is a German fashion designer who graduated in fashion designing in 2012. For the past four years, she has been working with differnet fashion brands, and recently, she has launched ‘Somerspross’, the fashion brand that designs and produces fashion wears using Dhaka. “In return of all the love that Nepal gave me, I wanted to use something traditional from the country and take it to my own country,” says the designer who drew most of the inspirations from the warmth and hospitality she received from Nepalese people.


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