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Handcrafted Lokta paper box. The box is 10x10cm and 7cm high (4in x 4in x 2.7in). It can be used as an ornament, gift box, and also as a practical container for jewellery, clips or other small items. The pattern on the lid of the box is applied through the manual screen printing process, the print is metallic.

Lokta paper is made entirely by hand from the bark of the mulberry bush, which grows above 1900m above sea level in the Himalayan foothills. The branches of the shrub are collected and the bark is stripped off, which is then beaten and boiled until smooth. This pulp is "dissolved" in a large water tank in which a rectangular sieve screen is placed. The sieve is slowly taken out of the water so as to distribute the bark pulp evenly on the bottom of the screen. This produces a sheet of paper that will be dried by exposing it to sunlight.

When the sheet is dry, we can dye it any color and dry it again, and then cut it to the right size to make notebooks, albums, boxes, cards or paper decorations. Decorative prints are also made on such sheets by screen printing.

 

 

 

At Purna Crafts, we believe that by creating an international outlet for local handicrafts, we support entire groups of talented producers from Nepal. We do not come to them as "benefactors" who want to offer them donations. We come as people who appreciate their work and admire their abilities. We want to pay them a fair price for their beautiful handicraft, propel their working potential and support small local organizations that create jobs and vocational training.  

We are currently cooperating with several local organizations that specialize in mobilizing people in difficult life situations, people with disabilities and women from rural areas to learn their profession and become independent. When these people are trained, they can get employment and work for their living as well as receive respect in their community, instead of waiting for donations.

We also wish to make original Nepali hand crafted products more accessible for people in other parts of the world. In the age of factory made products that all look the same, we believe that we have something special and unique, something that stands out in the crowd. A product that looks great, is functional and comfortable as well as different than everything else available in the mainstream shops. At Purna Crafts you can get one of a kind product for yourself or an original gift for your loved ones. You can rest easy knowing that your purchase actually made a difference is someone’s life.

Ethical trade benefits the entire community through the empowerment of cottage industry artisans.

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