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Super Colorful Fun Lokta Wrapping Paper

Himalayas Tree Free Sustainable 20x30"

USD $22.21

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  • wonderfully colorful round rimmed circles on orange paper
  •  I will now only offer Priority shipping in a mailing tube.  Unfortunately, USPS will not accept the shipping tube as First Class Mail. this listing is for a single 20" by 30" sheet of handmade & hand printed lokta paper from Nepal this was silk screened in Nepal "fair trade" means the craftsperson received a reasonable price for the product & guarantees no child labor was used - the price of my paper is a bit higher, because it costs more to buy Fair Trade items because it is handmade, lokta paper naturally has a beautiful deckle edge if you have never used lokta paper, it is almost like cloth & can actually be ironed using low heat (on the non-printed side) Nepalese handmade lokta paper is made from the fibrous inner bark of high elevation evergreen shrubs primarily from two species of Daphne plant & these plants are completely renewable Lokta bushes proliferate in open clusters or colonies on the southern slopes of Nepal's Himalayan forests between 1,600 and 4,000 m (5,250–13,000 ft) Handmade lokta-based craft paper products continue to offer considerable economic sustainability for poor rural Nepalese women due to their high-quality niche market potential Lokta paper's durability and resistance to tearing, humidity, insects and mildew have traditionally made lokta paper the preferred choice for the recording of official government records and sacred religious texts for more information about lokta paper, please scroll down The earliest surviving lokta paper document appears in Nepal's National Archives in Kathmandu in the form of the sacred Buddhist text, the Karanya Buha Sutra. The Karanya Buha Sutra was written in Lichchhavi script and block printed on lokta paper and is estimated to be between 1,000 and 1,900 years old In the 1980s the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Agricultural Development Bank of Nepal/Small Farmer Development Program (ADBN/SFDP) launched the CDHP (Community Development and Health Project) project to revive Nepal's indigenous paper making processes Nepalese handmade lokta paper is made from the fibrous inner bark of high elevation evergreen shrubs primarily from two species of Daphne (plant) (Greek: meaning "Laurel"): Daphne bholua and Daphne papyracea, known collectively and vernacularly as lokta bushes. Historically the handcrafting of lokta paper occurred in the rural areas of Nepal, most notably in the Baglung District. Today raw lokta paper is produced in more than 22 districts in Nepal, but finished lokta paper products are produced only in Kathmandu Valley and Janakpur. Lokta paper production is a forest-based industry. It relies as much on a ready supply of Daphne bark as it does on the skills of traditional paper makers and block printers, and on markets for end products. There are four main steps in manufacturing and marketing of lokta paper and lokta paper craft products: 1) harvesting the lokta bark 2) processing the paper pulp 3) producing craft products from the finished paper 4) marketing the final products The Daphne shrub, a subspecies of laurel, grows wildly and covers more than million hectares of forest land in 55 districts of Nepal, of which 25 districts have an abundant supply. Like the laurel plants (laurus nobilis) of Turkey and Syria, the Daphne shrub is one of the world's few underutilized species. Lokta is a non-wood forest product (NWFP) harvested from protected areas (national parks, reserves, conservation areas) and is an important reservoir of biological resources maintained under in situ condition in the unique and diverse Himalayan ecosystems. When harvested, the lokta bush automatically regenerates to a fully grown 4-5 meter plant with in 5–7 years
  • If the condition of your paper during shipping is a concern, please choose the shipping option for Priority Mail, which includes a cardboard shipping tube.  First Class shipping is done with the paper folded.
  • Due to the unhappiness expressed to me by my buyers who shipped via First Class mail, I will now offer ONLY PRIORITY shipping in a mailing tube
  • I have had several buyers who were upset by the handling of their paper for First Class shipment, which was folded.  I gave this option in the hopes that it would save my buyer's money, and that they could iron the paper upon receipt.  This message was apparently lost.
  • Returns Accepted for this item if it's within 30 Days

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