Sun Washed Lokta Paper

Textured Lokta Paper

Sun Washed Nepalese Lokta Paper

Strong Durable Paper Made from the Lokta Bush

Traditional handmade Lokta paper has been used throughout Nepal for centuries in government documents, religious scripts and cultural products. This artisan-made paper remains very popular in Nepal but has also taken on broader applications worldwide in fine artwork, origami sculptures, and home décor pieces. 

Nepali Lokta Paper is made from the renewable and fast-growing Daphne (Lokta) bush prolific across forests in the Southern Himalayas. The Lokta bush completely regenerates in 4 to 6 years after being cut to about 6" from the ground. The cultivation of this eco-friendly resource provides a reliable revenue stream for the village artisans of Nepal's rural and urban areas. 

Since Lokta is a “non-wood” plant, the shrub’s inner fibers are long and flexible. Consequently, paper made from the Daphne bush is strong yet supple and soft to the touch. This tree-free paper makes beautiful deckled edges when torn. 

Sun-washed Lokta Papers receive their natural designs as leaves are hand-placed on the wet pulp base then left in the sun to dry and darken, resulting in a beautiful two-toned pattern.