Nepali writer Bhanubhakta Acharya wearing the Birke topi

The Birke topi (Nepali: बिर्खे टोपी), birkhe topi or Bhanubhakta-styled topi is a traditional cap worn in the western hilly region of Nepal. It was popularized by the poet Aadikavi Bhanubhakta Acharya.[1][2] 


It resembles the lid of traditional pots with its cylindrical shape and bobble at the top. It is usually available in black without printing or embroidery, but can be in other colors with patterns and designs. It also shares resemblance with the Himachali cap but the Birke topi has a bobble at the top.

Modern usage

The use of this cap is quite rare in the modern Nepalese society. People prefer Dhaka topi and Bhaadgaule topi to Birkhe topi.[3] This topi is now usually worn on special occasion such as anniversary of Bhanubhakta Acharya.[4] In the honor of the poet, the officials of Bhanu municipality in Tanahun district (Acharya's hometown) decided to wear the topi on the job.[5][6]


See also


  1. ^ "70% Subsidy provided to procure machine for making Bhanubhakta's Cap". GorakhaPatra. Retrieved 2021-10-10.
  2. ^ "कता गयो बिर्खे टोपी ?". Retrieved 2021-12-06.
  3. ^ "बिर्खे टोपी लगाउने निर्णय कार्यान्वयन भएन, कर्मचारीलाई ढाका र चुच्चे टोपी नै प्यारो". Image Khabar. Retrieved 2021-12-06.
  4. ^ Setopati, सेतोपाटी संवाददाता. "कविहरूको शिरमा बिर्खे टोपी!". Setopati (in Hindi). Retrieved 2021-12-06.
  5. ^ "Aadikabi Bhanu Jayanti today". GorakhaPatra. Retrieved 2021-11-04.
  6. ^ "Employees at Bhanu municipality start wearing Bhanubhakta-era cap". Salleri Khabar. Retrieved 2021-11-04.