Nepali Companion Notebook

Nepali Companion Notebook

Nepali Companion Soft Cover Notebook

The Nepali Companion Notebook with hand-made lokta paper from Kathmandu Valley Co. is the perfect combination of utility and and handmade style.

Lokta Paper Pages

The Nepali Companion Notebook from Kathmandu Valley Co. is made from Lokta paper and has a history rich in ancient tradition. Handcrafted in the Himalayas and used anciently for sacred texts, Lokta paper has been a staple of Nepalese artisans for over 1,000 years.

Nepali Companion Lokta Paper Notebook - Medium Terra Cotta - Handmade in Nepal

Nepali Companion Notebook – Medium, Terra Cotta

The paper is made from a non-tree source, Lokta bushes, which grow on the southern slopes of the Nepali Himalayas between 5,250 and 13,000 feet.

When properly cut, the bushes can produce three to eight new, fast-growing shoots making Lokta paper one of the most sought after renewable, acid-free, handmade papers.

The fibrous inner bark is cooked into a mash and then spread by hand on boxed screens and set to dry in the Himalayan sun. The process creates one of the world’s most unique, acid-free papers.

Donkeys carry the paper through the mountain passes of Nepal and the paper eventually reaches the capital, Kathmandu, where it is crafted into our journals.

Lokta paper has a beautiful texture containing natural flecks from the bush and can vary slightly in thickness from page to page due to the unique handcrafting process.

Nepali Companion Lokta Paper Notebook - Sage Pocket Small - Made in Nepal

Nepali Companion Notebook – Pocket/Small, Sage

Thousand-Year-Old Tradition in Paper Making

The oldest example of lokta paper is estimated to be 1,000 to 1,900 years old.

The hand-made tradition has been passed down through the rural villages of Nepal, and today continues to be used in everyday life in Nepal. Lokta paper continues to be used today for official government documents.

Plant-based, Vegetable-dyed Soft Covers

The soft cover coloring is produced with the traditional and vegetable plant dyes.

Pomegranate for Nepali Journal Coloring

The Sage color is made from a combination of Indigo (blue) and Pomegranate (yellow from the pomegranate skins) mixed together giving a distinct color .

Walnut used for Coloring Nepali Journals

The coloring for the Dark Walnut Notebook is made from actual walnut husks which produce a rich dark-brown coloring. The walnut husk surrounds and protects the walnut seed and has been used as a natural dye for centuries.

Cutch used for Coloring Nepali Journals

The unique red of the Terra Cotta Notebook is made from sap extracted from Cutch wood. The wood is boiled removing the sap which is then dried into a resin to later be used for the coloring process.

No two journals will be the same. The vegetable dye process is not like using synthetic dyes which can match a specific color number every time.

The vegetable dyes we use are mixed by artisans, not machines, and the colors can vary from batch to batch making each journal a unique creation full of character and individual style.

Perfect for any Adventure

The perfect note-taking companion at home, work, school, as a field book, or for your adventures and journeys around the globe.

Capture your memories, thoughts or sketches on the 48 unlined pages (96 front/back).

Nepali Companion Lokta Paper Notebook - Large Dark Walnut - Handmade in Nepal.

Nepali Companion Notebook – Large, Dark Walnut

Size and Color Options

The Nepali Companion Notebook is available in three vegetable-dyed soft colors: Terra Cotta, Sage, Dark Walnut.

Each color option is available in the following sizes:

Large: 8.5 x 11 inches

Medium: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

Small/Pocket: 3.5 x 5 inches

Thank you for your Support

This Himalayan handcrafted treasure supports the talented Nepalese artisans and preserves the thousand-year-old tradition of hand made paper in Nepal.

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