Nepali Pathfinder Journal

Nepali Pathfinder Journal

Nepalese Paper-making Tradition for over a Thousand Years

The paper in the Nepali Pathfinder Leather Journal comes from the now famous Lokta bush.

Handcrafted in the Himalayas and used anciently for sacred texts, hand-made lokta paper has been a staple of Nepalese artisans for centuries.

The oldest surviving Lokta paper is a religious text, a copy of the Karanya Buha Sutra Buddhist text estimated to be 1,000 to 1,900 years old.

Nepali Pathfinder Leather Journal - Kathmandu Valley Co.

Eco-Friendly Lokta Paper

Lokta bushes 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 non-tree papers.

Lokta paper is not treated with bleach or other harmful chemicals used in the manufacturing of other papers.

Unique Hand-made Paper

Once cut, the inner bark of the Lokta bush is stripped and “cooked” into a mash to soften the fibers.

The mash is then hand applied to boxed screens and sun-dried in the rural, high altitude villages of Nepal.

The paper is then packed and transported by donkey through the mountain passes of Nepal eventually reaching Kathmandu where it is hand sewn into the journal.

Nepali Pathfinder Leather Journal - Kathmandu Valley Co.

Beautiful and Unique Texture

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

The paper is acid-free and is widely regarded as one of the world’s finest hand-made papers.

The paper’s deckled edges (rough cut) make this journal an international favorite.

Vegetable-Tanned Rustic Leather

Water buffalo leather, vegetable tanned using the time honored tradition of bark of Mimosa for the beautiful light caramel color and the dye from black walnut husks to create the dark brown leather strap.

Nepali Pathfinder Rustic Leather Journal - Kathmandu Valley Co.

Capture your Adventures

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

Already traveling great distances, the Nepali Pathfinder Journal has journeyed for miles through the Himalayas and thousands of vertical feet just to get to you. Where will you take yours?

Capture your memories, thoughts or sketches on the 96 unlined pages (192 front/back).

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

The pathfinder journal is available in three sizes (Small: 4 x 5 inches, Medium: 4.5 x 6 inches, and Large: 6 x 8 inches)

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