Ethnomathematical Ideas in Dhakiya Weaving in Tharu Community

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  • Parshu Ram Chaudhary Nepal Sanskrit University, Janata Vidyapeeth, Bijauri, Dang, Nepal
  • Dinesh Panthi Nepal Sanskrit University, Valmeeki Campus, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Chet Raj Bhatta Central Department of Mathematics, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal


Ethnomathematics, Indigenous knowledge, Dhakiya, Weaving, Tharu


The indigenous people Tharu have a distinctive culture and way of life. While performing daily tasks, they practice their own mathematical concepts and thinking. The study of mathematical ideas and skills that are common within a population but are often not included in the formal curriculum is known as ethnomathematics. This study intends to reveal the secret ethnomathematical expertise and knowledge used in Tharu community Dhakiya weaving. The observation and documentation analysis approach were utilized in this study's data collection to attain its objectives. Under the photograph of the Dhakiya is redrewn to better illustrate the art and designs of the Dhakiya weaving techniques. Emic ethnomodeling is used to look at the mathematical ideas weaved within Dhakiya. The findings indicated that intricate mathematical ideas and concepts like the center of a circle, radius and diameter of a circle, concentric circles, concepts of, circumference of a circle, sequence, symmetry, and other geometric shapes are demonstrated in the weaving of Dhakiya in the Tharu community.




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Parshu Ram Chaudhary, Dinesh Panthi, & Chet Raj Bhatta. (2024). Ethnomathematical Ideas in Dhakiya Weaving in Tharu Community. International Journal of Mathematics And Its Applications, 12(2), 35–42. Retrieved from



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