VIDEO: PAPERMAKING IN NEPAL: HOW IT’S DONE

The YouTube video seen here,”Handmade Lokta Paper Making in Nepal, Chaudara, the Paper Village and Kathmandu” gives an idea of how paper-making from local vegetable fibers was done when Ira Cohen and Angus MacLise were preparing their Bardo Matrix publications, and how it continues to be done to this day in Kathmandu and Nepal.

Handmade lokta paper is made form the fibrous inner bark of high elevation evergreens primarily from two species of Daphe shrubs (related to the laurel family). These evergreens are found growing in large colonies on the southern slopes of the Nepalese Himalayas, where they are to be found at altitudes ranging from just over 5000 to around 13,000 feet.

Raw lokta paper is today produced in more than 22 Nepalese districts; finished papers, used most often for official government records and sacred texts, are produced in Kathmandu Valley, and Jankapur. The paper is notably resistant to humidity, insects, and mildew.