Blue Elephant Print on Lokta Paper, Tree Free & Sustainable
Hand dyed and silk-screen printed by artisans in Kathmandu. If you hold the paper up to the light you can see the plant fibres in the paper.
Use… Its use is not just limited to crafts ( collages, mixed media, decorative book-binding, scrap-booking, calligraphy, printmaking ) but it would be a fantastic eco-friendly alternative to gift wrapping your special presents or simply as eco friendly packaging.
Living Traditions & Wildcrafting… For over 1000 years handmade paper has been produced in the mountainous area of Nepal. The raw material is collected in the wild, taking care not to disturb the plant's roots. The bark of the Daphne Cannabina or Daphne Papyracea bush, locally know as ‘Lokta’ is used for paper making. The bark gathered at high altitudes of 6500 to 9500 feet is carried down to villages where local paper-makers clean and boil it twice. The boiled bark is beaten with wooden mallets, producing a soft pulp which is poured over screened wooden frames floating in a pond, and spread evenly by gently shaking. The frame is then removed and dried in the Himalayan sunshine and the resulting paper peeled off the frame. After harvesting, the Lokta bush naturally regenerates, reaching full maturity again in six to seven years, thus preserving the fragile forest ecology of Nepal, as well as giving continued work to the many mountain villages. It is entirely handmade.
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All paper orders are sent folded, if you want your order sent rolled in a postal tube please upgrade to 'express delivery' at checkout, thank you.