Nepali Traveler Journal

Nepali Traveler Leather Journal with Handmade Lokta Paper

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Nepali Traveler Journal 

The Nepali Traveler writing journal with tree-free Lokta paper follows a Nepalese paper-making tradition of over one 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.

Sustainable & Tree Free Paper

Eco-Friendly Paper

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.

Once cut, the inner bark of the Lokta bush is 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.

Naturally Beautiful

Beautiful & 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.

Tree-Free Paper
Lokta bushes grow on the southern slopes of the Himalayas of Nepal.

Natural black walnut husks are used to tan the unique water buffalo leather. 

Lokta bushes regrow quickly after being cut, regaining full height in 5-7 years.

thumb_01_60_6096 Pages (192 Front/Back)

Traditional Deckle-edge pages (similar to rough cut) add to the vintage feel of every page.

thumb_01_60_60Bleach and Acid Free

Modern papers are bleached to gain brigtness, our paper is bleach free and acid-free and retains its natural color.

Ready for Any Adventure

Big or small, the Nepali Traveler Journal is ready for any Adventure. Use it for sketching, journaling, prayer book, or notetaking at home or in the wild.

The journal comes in three editions:

  • Dark Walnut
  • Caramel
  • Nature’s Wool

Nepali Traveler Caramel

The leather for the new Nepali Traveler Caramel journal is vegetable-tanned using mimosa bark, creating the beautiful caramel color.

Now in Handmade Felt

Nature’s Wool Edition

Made by hand, the wool felt comes from sheep raised in the Himalayas of Nepal.

Wool layers are placed by hand on top of each other and are washed with water and soap.

This helps the fibers of each layer to combine into a stiffened felt.

No dyes are used in the process. The finished gray color is made from combining wool from both black and white Himalayan sheep, creating a vintage feel to each journal. 

Help Support Talented Nepalese Artisans

Thank you for helping to preserve a 1,000-year-old tradition in Nepali paper making and supporting the artisans that keep the tradition alive.

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Nepali Traveler Leather Journal

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