Lokta daphne fibre
As with most papers lokta paper is made from pulp. Lokta pulp is obtained from laurel bushes that grow in the uplands of Nepal. Unlike most European pulps, which require the felling of the tree, the laurel bushes that grow at altitude in the Himalayas are able to regrow the bark that is periodically stripped from them, providing a renewable source of fibre. As with many handmade papers they are dried naturally, whilst remaining in their deckle, by sun and wind. Paper-making provides a source of income for those living in a region where employment opportunities are sparse. It is recognized as a Non Wood Forest Product (NWFP), that may be harvested from nature reserves without damage to the prevailing eco-system.
It is strong and durable. and well suited for use in a variety of handcrafts.