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Article from The Himalayan Times NewsPaper 10.07.09
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 environmental friendly. It is extremely
durable and that is one reason why government offices in Nepal are still
using them for all the official documentations.
Our Crafting families has been using these beautiful handmade papers
for picture framing, lampshades, art supplies, book making, displays,
wall paper and many other wonderful and greeting purposes. These handmade
papers can be use for many different types of creative crafting which
has no limitation.These Lokta paper is gathered and processed in an ecologically
sound way and is renowned for its exceptional durability, natural resistance
to insect attacks and special textures.Handmade Nepal has come together
with paper crafting families to promote them beyond Nepal.
The raw material Lokta is a
bark of the Lokta plant - a sapling stick of about 5 to 7 feet in
length.The word Lokta refers to one of the local species of Daphne
Cannabina or Daphne Papyracea - a small woody plant of Laurel family.
It is also familiar to Nepalese people by the name of Baruwa or Kaagte
Paat. Best quality of Lokta stick usually grows and exists at an
attitude of 6000 to 10000 ft. over the highlands of Nepal.
October signals the season beginning Lokta Collection. It is harvested
alike the sugarcane stick by cutting it on the stem, about 30 cm
above ground level. This plant has got a specific features of regeneration
to maturity again within 4 to 5 years after cut despite of being
destroyed.The Lokta stick if not removed from the forest in its'
ideal maturity, it fades, dries up and decays within a couple of
months in due course of rain, storm and sun. Thus, by plucking Lokta
sticks out, neither the forest is destroyed, nor it harms to fragile
forest ecology. Large number of people get employed and the local
Government Authorities also get benefit by the royalty revenue derived
from the tax and fee against issuance of the permission to collect.
Lokta Paper Characteristics
Lokta Papers Samples
Lokta Paper Weight: 20 gm / 60 GSM (Gram
Paper Size: 20'' W x 30'' H Per Sheet Basis
1 Packet = 5 Sheet of Paper
Customize Packet designs are also available,
please contact us for more details.
Lokta Papers Swatches