Dhaka is an exquisite cotton fabric hand woven in numerous colours with an infinite and unlimited number of patterns. The duration of weaving and price is dependent on the complexity of the pattern. The more complex the pattern, higher the price; the simpler the pattern, the lower the cost.
The unique art and craft of dhaka has its roots in an eastern Nepali village ‘Terathum’. Started by ‘Rai’ and ‘Limbu’ women, dhaka is a truly indigenous traditional form of artistic expression reflecting Nepali mastery of craftsmanship.
Dhaka has a history of more than one thousand years and has numerous turbulent experiences. With the introduction and development of power-looms, dhaka suffered a major setback and nearly lost out to cheaper fabrics. But the efforts by villagers to preserve the art brought the dhaka back to life.
Part of the skill training & income generating activities program involves training underprivileged women to weave traditional textile ‘dhaka’ which is famous both locally and internationally. WF also takes responsibility for marketing ‘dhaka’ products on behalf of the weavers within Nepal and abroad.