Posts Tagged ‘lotka’

And It Was Called Yellow

Friday, March 21st, 2014

On a recent trip to somewhere warm I was inspired by the abundance and unabashed use of colour everywhere.

Toronto had a storm that week by the way. HA!

Anyway, this yellow painted staircase brought to mind some of the delightful yellow Nepalese papers that we sell at the store.

yellow stairs

Pictured below are Kongpo yellow with red, Deco yellow and Beans yellow with white. These lotka papers are hand made in Nepal and adapt to almost any project . Here comes the Sun! I hope!

yellow paper

Nick

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Fashion! Pattern! Inspiration!

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Oooh La La! On a recent trip to new York I made the trek to Dumbo (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) to check out a few galleries and to the Brooklyn Museum to see the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit. Bon! His collection of designs is unbelievable and a must see for anyone interested in fashion, art or design. I wanted to share a couple of photographs that I took and realized that we had a few papers that reflected some of  the genius and whimsy of his work. The papers are part of our Nepalese collection and truly are works of art in their own right.

Mermaid of Guilded Desire.

Mermaid of Guilded Desire.

Scallops with Dots.

Scallops with Dots.

Ahoy!

Ahoy!

Black with white stripes.

Black with White Stripes.

Fashion Checks.

Fashion Checks.

Rhombus.

The Rhombus.

Nick

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Monster Make – Creating Board Games on Nepalese Paper!!

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

We love seeing all the creative things that people do with our paper – this one is very unique!! Stephen, our very own web designer, has recently starting a company called Monster Make designing and producing handmade board games. When it came to printing his Potions game he wanted an old world feel to go with the look and theme and choose our lovely Nepalese Lotka paper. The game board was printed and then backed onto canvas. The results are beautiful!




Stephen also used some decorative Nepalese papers to back his handmade game boards and decorate his elf doors.




Check out his website for more of his games or you can visit him in person this weekend at Fan Expo!

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Nepalese Lokta Paper

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

I adore Nepalese paper.  With so many patterns and varieties to choose from, the creative options are endless.  We recently brought in some new patterns to the store (large flower, blobs and pois) which inspired me to share a bit of info on how it’s made and where it comes from…

 

Large flower and Kongpo Prints

Large flower and Kongpo Prints

Nepali ‘Lokta’ paper is completely handmade from the inner bark of the lokta bush which grows at altitude of 6500 feet to 9500 feet in the foothills of rural Nepal.  Lokta fibers are long, which makes for a very strong and durable paper.  An ideal paper for bookbinding and other paper crafts where strength and flexiblity are an asset.  It’s soft but rustic in appearance, strong and textured.

PoisPois

In addition to Lokta paper’s beauty… Lokta is a renewable resource!  The lokta bush can regenerate to maturity within six years.  So not only is it pretty, Nepali paper is eco-smart too!  All of our Nepalese papers are manufactured using paper production methods that are environmentally conscious and that reduce waste and ecological impact as much as possible.  Paper production is an integral part of the economy of rural Nepal, and is made possible by access to raw materials and local skilled labour.  Paper makers are treated fairly, valued and respected, given health care and fair work policies.  Take a peek at this video of day to day production at the Nepali paper factory.

 

A variety of Nepalese handmade journals

A variety of Nepalese handmade journals

 

In addition to flat sheets, we also carry beautiful journals and albums made from beautiful Nepalese lokta papers.  They are available in many wonderful patterns and prints and the handmade craftsmanship is amazing!

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