The Nepali Eco Journal with hand-made lokta paper from Kathmandu Valley Co. is where rustic meets traditional elegance.
Lokta Paper Journal with Deckle-edged Pages
Return to the basics with a hand-crafted journal with pages handmade from the lokta bush. This non-tree, renewable source grows naturally on the southern slopes of the Nepali Himalayas between 5,250 and 13,000 feet above sea level.
When properly cut, lokta bushes can produce three to eight new, fast-growing shoots making lokta paper one of the most sought after non-tree papers.
The paper is not treated with bleach like other papers and is hand made in rural, high altitude villages of Nepal.
A Tradition of more than One-Thousand Years
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 and for official government documents.
Hand-Made Lokta Paper
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.
The fibrous inner bark of the lokta bush is “cooked” into a pulp then spread on screens and sun-dried. The beautiful texture from the process is characteristic of hand crafted lokta paper.
The paper is acid-free and is widely regarded as one of the world’s finest hand-made papers.
A perfect note-taking companion at home, work, or for your adventures and journeys around the globe, you’ll love spending time with this journal.
The cover coloring is produced with the traditional and vegetable plant dyes.
The Forest Green journal is made from a combination of Indigo (blue) and Pomegranate (yellow from the pomegranate skins) mixed together giving a distinct color.
The coloring for the Dark Walnut Eco Journal 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.
The unique red of the Terra Cotta journal 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.
A New Look for an Ancient Tradition – Deckle Edged Paper
Keep and preserve your memories, thoughts or sketches on the 96 unlined pages (192 front/back).
The Eco sports the antique-style of deckle edges preserving a rough cut appearance adding to the beauty and tradition of the journal.
Journal Sizes and Color Options
The Nepali Eco comes in three sizes and two colors.
The 5×8 inch journals are a great size for note taking, planning, or drawing. It’s a popular choice for journal lovers.
The 3×5 inch journals are perfect when a compact and decorative design are desired. The 3×5 inch journals also sport a wing-tip decoration on the edges.
Capture your Thoughts and Travels
Capture your memories, thoughts or sketches in these one-of-a-kind journals.
These Himalayan hand-crafted treasures support the talented Nepalese artisans and preserves the thousand-year-old tradition of hand made paper in Nepal.