The Nepali Eco Journal from Kathmandu Valley Co. with hand-made Lokta paper has a history rich in ancient tradition.
Lokta Paper - A Tradition of 1,000 Years
Handcrafted in the Himalayas and used anciently for sacred texts, Lokta paper has been a staple of Nepalese artisans for centuries. The paper is made from Lokta bushes which grow on the southern slopes of the Nepali Himalayas between 5,250 and 13,000 feet. When properly cut, the bushes produce three to eight new, fast-growing shoots making Lokta paper one of the most sought-after, renewable, non-tree papers.
Lokta Paper - A Unique Hand-made Process
Once harvested by hand, the fibrous inner Lokta bush bark is cooked into a mash and then spread by hand on boxed screens and set to dry in the Himalayan sun, creating a durable, fibrous paper.
Himalayan Sun-kissed Paper
The boxed screens create a beautiful and natural texture on the paper with one side screen-kissed and the other sun-kissed. This process creates one of the worldâs most unique, acid-free papers.
Natural Flecks from the Outer Bark
The beautiful Lokta paper pages contains natural flecks from the bush and can vary slightly in thickness from page to page due to the unique handcrafting process.
Donkeys carry the paper through the mountain passes of Nepal. The paper eventually reaches the capital, Kathmandu, where it is crafted into our journals.
Maintaining Ancient Tradition
The oldest surviving Lokta paper is a religious text, a copy of the Karanya Buha Sutra Buddhist text, estimated to be 1,000 to 1,900 years old. Lokta Paper is still used today for official Nepali government documents and has been produced in a similar fashion for centuries.
Deckle Edge Paper
The paper's antique-style deckled edges (similar to rough cut) are styled by hand and make a special journal even more unique."p" Nepalese Artisans "p" This Himalayan handcrafted treasure supports the talented Nepalese artisans and preserves the thousand-year-old tradition of hand-made paper in Nepal. "p" Your Adventure Awaits "p" An adventure already begun in the Himalayas, this journal is a great note-taking companion at home, work, or for your adventures and journeys around the globe.