Nepali Cherish Cards
Following a 1,000-year-old tradition in paper making by hand, our Natural Lokta Paper is the perfect alternative to regular paper, providing a one-of-a-kind feel for each card and envelope set.
The paper is made by spreading pulp fibers from the Lokta bush over boxed screens and set to dry in the Himalayan sun.
Lokta paper makes its way from the rural Nepali mountain villages to Kathmandu where it is made into the cards. Each card contains natural flecks and texture unique to the art of hand-crafted Lokta paper.
Writing on Lokta paper is almost like stepping back in time and handling an important document. Truly unique greeting cards great for every occasion. Use them for weddings, thank you cards or invitations, birthday or special acknowledgements.
Boxed Set with 15 or 25 Cards
Also known as bachelor’s button, cornflower and in the past it often grew as a weed in cornfields (in the broad sense of the word “corn”, referring to grains, such as wheat, barley, rye, or oats), hence its name.
In folklore, cornflowers were worn by young men in love; if the flower faded too quickly, it was taken as a sign that the man’s love was not returned. (Wikipeida: Cornflower)
Handmade greeting cards and envelopes with cornflower petals added during the paper creation process.
Marigold flowers were used in ancient Greek, Roman, Middle Eastern, and Indian cultures as a medicinal herb as well as a dye for fabrics, foods, and cosmetics.
Marigold flowers are also used in essential oils.The common name in English, marigold, is derived from “Mary’s gold”, a name first applied to a similar plant native to Europe, (Wikipeida: Marigold)
Handmade greeting cards and envelopes with Marigold petals added during the paper creation process.
The first European to describe these plants was Philibert Commerçon, a botanist accompanying French Navy admiral and explorer Louis Antoine de Bougainville during his voyage of circumnavigation of the Earth.
It is possible that the first European to observe these plants was Jeanne Baré, Commerçon’s lover and assistant who was an expert in botany.
Because she was not allowed on ship as a woman, she disguised herself as a man in order to make the journey (and thus became the first woman to circumnavigate the globe). (Wikipeida: Bougainvillea, photo: Lumbi, Nepal CCBY-SA 4.0)
Handmade greeting cards and envelopes with Bougainvillea petals added during the paper creation process.
Handmade greeting cards and envelopes with Bougainvillea petals and titepati leaves added during the paper creation process.
Nepal is home to towering mountains covered with snow and where the air is almost too thin for humans to breathe.
Nepal is also home to jungles with sweltering heat. Our Rain Forest tree-free Lokta paper cards honor this beautiful portion of Nepal.
Thank you for helping to preserve a 1,000-year-old tradition in Nepali paper making.