Hand-picked from the historical archives of the first dhaka workshops, Palpali’s Heritage collection features a revival of the classic patterns that have been loved and cherished by generations of Nepalis.
Designed by Ganesh Man Maharjan himself in the mid-80’s, the Penguin pattern came to be a personal favourite of the late King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah. The King was spotted wearing a dhaka topi featuring this iconic pattern in several historic photographs, including one that was featured in a postage stamp in the year 2002.
This light floral pattern is named after Queen Aishwarya, wife of King Birendra, who first drew the concept sketch for the design in the late 80’s. She was a style icon back in the day, famous for her dramatic hairstyles and saris. A loyal patron of Palpali Dhaka, she had commissioned this pattern to be used exclusively for her sari blouses.
The pattern and original colour combinations were later modified by designer Pitambar Shrestha to be used outside the royal palace.
The Mandap pattern pays homage to religion, inspired by the Mandap of Sapta, a place Hindus create for a sevenweek religious ceremony. The shapes and colours of the pattern offer a strong symbology for good luck, and have a special place in the hearts of Hindus.
Designed by Megh Bahadur Thapa, the Resham pattern was at its peak popularity around late 1980s. While most traditional Palpali Dhaka was woven in pure cotton, this pattern was originally woven in silk yarns that came from Rupse in Palpa. The use of local silk yarns in Palpali Dhaka boosted the silk production and benefitted the region’s silk farmers. The design itself is inspired from the raw material, with the black and yellow parts representing the silk worms and the red diamonds resembling the kimmu berries eaten by the silk worms