This paper has been made from time immemorial in Nepal from the bark of Daphnea
Cannebina or Daphnea Papyracca called Lokta. These trees are found in the
forests of Nepal between the altitudes of 6500 ft and 9500ft in the Himalayas.
The tree has remarkable regenerative characteristics and will regrow within
a few years, thus being a sustainable source of paper. There are thought
to be around 20,000 Lokta gatherers in Nepal most of whom are rural women.
The making process
The bark is stripped from the plant and is then chopped up into small pieces
and soaked in hot water for several hours. This mixture is then pulped and then
put it into wooden frames for drying into sheets of paper in the sun.
Lokta paper is unique in many ways, it can be preserved for very long periods
of time. Lokta has medicinal properties and it’s ashes are used as
antiseptic and combined with some local ingredients, it may be applied as a
hot compress for muscle pain. Lokta paper is also excellent for wrapping precious
stones as its soft fibres do not scratch the stones. If it wrinkles the
creases may be ironed out.
In Nepal Lokta paper is the Government’s official paper.
The ranges we stock are supplied by Mahaguthi.
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