Lokta Artist Paper Made in Nepal

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Lokta is a natural for your paper arts projects. Choosing your medium to work with is fun, important, and says something about your finished project and you as an artist.

Lokta sheets are made in Nepal high in the mountain villages above 6500 ft. Lokta is a tree free paper made from a renewable bush in Nepal. No machinery is used to produce this fine paper. The paper impressed me with its natural feel the first time I used it for folding paper rosettes for handmade cards.

Several art stores sell lokta online and it is available at brick and mortar Paper Source stores. The large sheets are a generous 20x30 inches.

Brief Information of How and Where the Paper is Made

I had not heard of lokta and recently I did research to see what it was about. The textures and colors found online made me want to learn more.

This art paper is harvested by hand high in the Nepal mountains, and carried down to the village by hand or mule. 


Video of the Paper Making Process in Nepal

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Lokta Paper at Other Sources

It may be cost effective to go right to the source than shopping at Amazon because of shipping fees attached to each sheet.

Paper Source online store has a wide selection of stationary, fine papers and gift wrap plus dozens of lokta paper choices for your crafting needs.Two examples are shown below. A majority of the papers here have gold and silver accents.

Blick Art Materials has many rich colors without the gold and silver like the Paper Source selection. Many papers have discounted prices if purchased in bulks of 5 or more and Handling of $3.00 is waived with 20 items.  

Misterart.com is a good source of solid colors in several sizes as low as $.097 ea. Shipping is $8.00

Lokta is an age old method of making paper in Nepal. Until the fifties all official and government documents were written on lokta. It naturally repels pests and is strong due to the long tough fibers that remain after the pulp is mixed with water.

Women make up the majority of the workers that produce it by letting the watery pulp dry on frames in the sun. Men also make the pulp in old mechanical tubs that still are in service.

The unfinished off white sheets are then made into many products like stationary, journals and colored coordinated packages. The latest item I have seen is fanciful garland of many shapes, such as stars that are stitched together in five foot lengths.

Insert in Packaged Lokta
Insert in Packaged Lokta

Lokta Close up of Greeting Card Details

Tea bag Folding Using Lokta Paper
Tea bag Folding Using Lokta Paper
image: Sherry Venegas

The pink package of 8.5 x 11 I purchased had six different designs and I used three of the motifs for this rosette. It is mounted on red card stock with a bright pink punch cut-out. My supply of lokta is used for folding and as back ground papers for card designs.

Have You Used Lokta Decorative paper

Have you used lokta paper from Nepal for your crafts and art?
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Updated: 11/25/2018, paperfacets
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Kabin on 11/29/2014

Give more charm to your craft using these handmade papers .. Lokta Paper

Michey on 06/17/2013

This is new to me, so thanks for sharing...

fanfreluche on 06/17/2013

Your greeting card is gorgeous!

kimbesa on 06/17/2013

Lokta is new to me. It's to beautiful, it looks like brocade fabric in the photos!

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