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Making of Lokta Paper takes  a lot of process which includes from the mountainous area to the paper industry. A lot of peoples from below average income are included in the Lokta Paper industry.
By taking interest in our paper products you will be helping a lot of poor families of Nepal who are involved in the paper industry.

 

  The Making of Lokta Paper  
Lokta Flower The Lokta grows on 2600m to 4400m heights. The Lokta plant grows about 150cm to 210cm in height. The Lokta plant is soft and its adhesive power is strong. Lokta Plant
Cutting of Lokta Lokta plant is cut 30cm from its root that way it can be harvested 4-5 times. Lokta Bark layers are set apart from the main Lokta stick called Lokta strips. If we keep on cutting these Lokta plants, we are afraid after few years, the whole Lokta growth will be depleted. For this reason we plant Lokta plants on the same place after we cut it. We believe in preserving the forest for the future generation. Cutting Lokta Plant
 

Lokta Plant for replant

 
Lokta Strips Lokta strips are soaked in water for at least 4 to 5 hours to become soft and applicable. Then, surface dressing is done with a sharp knife by shaving lightly over the upper surface and made soft, smooth and clean removing all abscess's and bad marks. Lokta Strips
Lokta Strips Lokta strips are boiled in the hot water ( 100 to 125 degree Celsius ) so that it turns to thick piles. The brown Lokta strips become a white thick pile after they are boiled and washed in clean water and unwanted residues are thrown out. You can see the difference of the Lokta strips in the thick pile. The Rear one is the thick pile after boiling. The white Lokta pile is ground in until it is fine. Clean warm water is added to the Lokta paste and stirred to prepare the Lokta pulp glue - ready for making paper sheets.
This wooden frame, assembled with wooden planks and thick fabric at its base, is designed in such a way that when placed on water the surface is half sunk. This is for the final process. The Lokta glue is then poured onto the frame plate, spread completely over to all the corners of the fabric base. At this stage different fabrics like flower petals, leaves, threads etc are mixed depending on the design. Here, the frame is being rinsed and stirred in a soft and slow manner for a while before taken out.
  Paper can be made on any size and design. Lokta pulp has the quality of being easy to mix with any other standard pulp like flower petals, leaves, fibers, dust etc. The mixing does not change the original quality of the paper, in fact it makes the paper fancier and there are many different varieties to choose from.  
The frames of Lokta Paper are placed outside in the sun to dry. The Lokta glue recovers its first setting immediately after taking it out of the water. It takes 2 to 8 hours on average in autumn and winter sunlight. Dry paper sheets are pulled out of the wooden frame carefully. The finished product is a Nepali handmade paper sheet produced through a very simple and natural technique without using any machinery.
 

 
The paper are being used for different products. It takes skillful hands to make fine products of the papers.
 

 
 

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