Lokta Artist Paper Made in Nepal

by paperfacets

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.

I have recently learned the lokta sheets are made in Nepal high in the mountain villages above 6500 ft.

I have been collecting paper from discount stores, but one time I purchased a sheet of lokta, and at the time, I did not know where it was produced. I just knew I would like to fold it into rosettes.

It was a beautiful sheet to work with.

I had noticed in the beginning of 2013 items were sold out at Amazon, but the end of summer 2013 I found new items of lokta paper from companies Mountain Peak, Black Ink, Blick and The Fine Art Store.

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 I was finding online made me want to learn more.

The first thing I found out about this art paper is it is harvested by hand high in the Nepal mountains, and carried down to the village by hand or mule. Should I support such an occupation? Yes. I only hope that the villagers are more comfortable for their labors.

I will fill you in on what I learned about the production of this decorative paper and how green lokta is.


Video of the Paper Making Process in Nepal

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Lokta Paper at Other Sources

Paper Source online store has a wide selection of stationary, fine papers, gift wrap plus over a hundred different sheets of lokta paper 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.

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.

I use my supply of lokta for folding and as back ground papers for card designs. I enjoy using this handmade paper. It is suitable for flat unit origami, such as tea bag folding, which I have practiced since 2003.

Have You Used Lokta Decorative paper

Have you used lokta paper from Nepal for your crafts and art?


Lokta is a tree free paper made from a renewable bush in Nepal. No machinery is used to produce this fine paper.

Mountain Peak offers several packages of mixed papers on Amazon. I am not able to show them all for you here.

Updated: 03/15/2016, paperfacets
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What have you used lokta for?

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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