The Nepali Traveler from Kathmandu Valley Co. is the perfect journal for any adventure and utilizes a special non-tree paper made from the lokta bush.
Nepalese Tradition for over a Thousand Years
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.
The paper is made from 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 non-tree papers.
Lokta paper is not treated with bleach or other harmful chemicals used in 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 carried down the mountain by pack animals and is then assembled into the journal in Kathmandu, Nepal.
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), and leather closure makes this journal an international favorite.
Vegetable Tanned Rustic Leather
Water buffalo leather, vegetable tanned using the time honored tradition of walnut husks for the Dark Walnut color and Mimosa tree bark for the Caramel journal, provides a durable and unique look and feel for each journal (no two journals will be exactly the same), and the leather buckle strap secures the journal when on the go.
Capture your Adventures
The perfect note-taking companion at home, work, or for your adventures and journeys around the globe.
Capture your memories, thoughts or sketches on the 96 unlined pages (192 front/back). Measuring 5.5 x 8 inches, this journal is the perfect size for any adventure.
Available in Dark Walnut and Caramel colors, and now, handmade wool felt!
This Himalayan hand-crafted treasure supports the talented Nepalese artisans and preserves the thousand-year-old tradition of hand made paper in Nepal.
Take the Nepali Traveler on your next adventure.