Terathum Dhaka is a traditional textile of Nepal. Even after hundred of years, this fabric remains a common sight in the country, typically used for shawls and sari’s.
Many of the patterns have been passed down through generations, with slight variations made by each weaver, to make it their own. Depending on the intricacy and size of the pattern, a shawl can take 2-3 weeks to weave. As machine woven Dhaka has gained popularity as well as Western style clothing, hand woven Dhaka has moved away from the mainstream population and has become a more upscale textile, saved only for special occasions.
The Dhaka used in this product was hand woven by women at our non-profit partner’s workshop in the outskirts of Kathmandu Valley. The organization was established to offer safe shelter for women and their children escaping from domestic and sexual violence or extreme poverty. Our products provide women and children with free medical and psychological support, education, and access to micro-credit, business, and skill development opportunities.