Nepali handmade paper is crafted in the traditional way from the bark of Daphne Cannabina, commonly known as LOKTA among Nepalese, an under-storey shrub which grows in the middle mountains of Nepal. Handmade Lokta paper crafting is an ancient art that has remained unchanged for over 2000 years. Handmade Lokta paper is acid free and environmentally friendly. It is extremely durable and that is one reason why government offices in Nepal are still using them for all the official documentations.
The Lokta bark is collected by local farmers and village co-operatives from the community forest. It is cleaned and cut into small pieces, beaten with a wooden hammer into the fibers and kept in a metal drum. Ash and water is added to it and boiled to form the pulp. The pulp is then poured into wooden frames and left in the sun light to dry. Thus, the natural cream paper is produced.
The paper is then brought into booklet form by the small paper manufacturing plant owned by Sagar, located in Durbar Square, Kathmandu. Handmade, and directly from the Himalayas. Our books are packed and shipped by Ramesh.