Overview of lokta paper
Nepalese handmade lokta paper is made from the fibrous inner bark of high elevation evergreen shrubs primarily from two species of Daphne (plant) (Greek: meaning "Laurel"): Daphne bholua and Daphne papyracea, known collectively and vernacularly as lokta bushes.
Lokta bushes proliferate in open clusters or colonies on the southern slopes of NepalÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s Himalayan forests between 1,600 and 4,000 m (c.5,250Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½13,000 ft)
Historically the handcrafting of lokta paper occurred in the rural areas of Nepal, most notably in the Baglung District. Today raw lokta paper is produced in more than 22 districts in Nepal, but finished lokta paper products are produced only in Kathmandu Valley and Janakpur.
Lokta paper's durability and resistance to tearing, humidity, insects and mildew have traditionally made lokta paper the preferred choice for the recording official government records (see photo on right) and sacred religious texts.
Paper making process
Lokta paper production is a forest-based industry. It relies as much on a ready supply of Daphne bark as it does on the skills of traditional paper makers and block printers, and on markets for end products. There are four main steps in manufacturing and marketing of lokta paper and lokta paper craft products: 1) harvesting the lokta bark 2) processing the paper pulp 3) producing craft products from the finished paper 4) marketing the final products.
Modern uses of lokta paper crafts.
Although the traditional uses of lokta paper were largely restricted to government documents or religious texts, today lokta paper use is wide spread. Lokta paper is used for prayer flags, book bindings, restaurant menus (see photo on right), wallpaper wrapping paper to retain the potency of incense, spices and medicine' packaging and even dresses.
Paper size: 19 x 20" 40, 30, 20, 15, 10 gram per sheet.
Natural Offwhite color and dyed colours with Textures etc
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