Nepalese Lokta Paper

Lokta Paper From Nepal

Nepalese Lokta Paper

Strong Durable Paper Made from the Lokta Bush

Lokta paper has been used in Nepal since the 12th century, when it was used to write epic tales, to print mantra for use in prayer wheels, and for religious texts chanted by Buddhist monks. Until 1959, Nepal used this paper for all official government correspondence, and even today it is used for all of their land ownership papers (lal purja) and legal documents.

Nepalese Lokta Paper is an eco-friendly paper handmade from the fiber of the "Nepal Paper Plant," also called the Daphne Shrub or Lokta Bush. The Lokta bush completely regenerates in about 4 to 6 years after being cut to about 6" from the ground. The cultivation of this "tree free" paper is a reliable revenue stream for the village artisans of Nepal's rural and urban areas. 

Because Lokta is a non-wood shrub, the plant’s inner fibers are long and flexible, resulting in a strong and supple natural paper. Lokta paper has a soft texture and makes beautiful deckled edges when torn. Lokta Paper is great for book binding, origami, block printing, and reusable gift wrap. Choose from a variety of styles including Solid Colors, Pinto Patterns, Sun-Washed Designs, Textured and Screenprinted varieties.

See artistic uses of Nepalese Lokta Paper in our Paper Idea Gallery!