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The traditional method doesn't need high tech equipment, machines, or electricity. All one needs is the skill and locally available products: stones, wood, water, and the availability of tree bark harvesting. Also, traditional Nepali paper is stronger and longer lasting than conventional, industrially processed Nepali paper and as a result is commonly used for official letters and documents. 

For 1,500 years, handmade paper has been made in the mountain area of Nepal. The raw material used is the bark of Daphne Cannabina or Daphne Papyracea, locally known as "Lokta" which is renowned for its exceptional durability and special texture. The oldest available manuscripts of Hindu & Buddhist texts, Royal edicts & legal documents are centuries old and always having recorded on Nepali handmade paper. The bark is collected from high altitude of 2000 meters, with environmental awareness to preserve the fragile ecology of Nepal's forests. The process involves cooking the bark twice-consecutive washing, chopping and beating with wooden mallets. The soft pulp is poured over a wooden frame and spread evenly by gently shaking the floating frame in a water tank or pond and then sun dried.

We believe in village-based self-reliance through the promotion of traditionally inspired hand crafted products that reflects our unique culture and heritage. Thank you for appreciating and supporting this ancient craft.

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P. O. Box: 24151, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal, Tel: 00977-9851025285, 9841233175 Fax : 00977-1-6630692
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