$ 10.00 – $ 17.00
The Nepalese people have been using lokhta or nepali kaagaz since times immemmorial. Made from the bark of the plant Daphne bholua and Daphne papyracea, both the species are called loktha and are sustainably harvested in Nepal and Bhutan for paper production. It has traditionally been used in manuscript and while preparing in legal documents. The lokhta paper is water and insect resistant and is known for its exceptional durability and special texture.
The stripped bark is boiled in an alkali solution which breaks down the lignin in the cell walls allwing the fibres to separate. The fibre is beaten with a wooden hammer on a flat stone.Nepalese mountain papers and Bhutanese resho paper are made by churning the pulp in water and pouring onto a mould which is wooden frame with a cotton cloth stretched over its surface. The mould is positioned in a shallow pool and the sheet is formed in water by spreading the pulp over the surfacaeof the mould. The paper is dried on the frame which is propped up and angled towards the sun.This is the most primitive way of making paper,unchanged for the over 1000 years.
Lokhta paper (Nepali kazaz)
Use ball pen for writing. Pages contain natural flecks and texture unique to the art of hand-crafted Lokta paper. Its paper is unlined and acid free, an ideal medium for all sketching, drawing, scrap booking application.
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. The notebooks have been locally made from lokhta paper produced using traditional method. The cover is printed with beautiful floral designs. Keep the notebook and pencil set in your bag to use as handy notebooks whenever neccessary. Use it to make important notes as the paper is not easily damaged or destroyed. Funtional, unique, memorable enjoy lokhta as we have done for many generation. We want to make the use of lokhta mainstream again.