The Nepali Namaste Journal with Lokta paper from Kathmandu Valley Co. has a history rich in ancient tradition. Handcrafted in the Himalayas and used anciently for sacred texts, Lokta paper has been a staple of Nepalese artisans for centuries. The paper is made from Lokta bushes which grow on the southern slopes of the Nepali Himalayas between 5,250 and 13,000 feet. When properly cut, the bushes can produce three to eight new, fast-growing shoots making Lokta paper one of the most sought-after non-tree papers. The paper is made by "cooking" strips of the fibrous inner bark of the Lokta bush until it forms a mash which is then spread by hand over boxed screens and set to dry in the Himalayan sun, forming it into Lokta paper. The paper has a beautiful texture containing natural flecks from the bush and can vary slightly in thickness from page to page due to the unique handcrafting process. The paper is bleach and acid-free and is widely regarded as one of the world's finest hand-made papers. The Namaste Journal features a hardcover which is wrapped in beautifully-dyed lokta paper using traditional vegetable dyes. The paper's deckled edges (rough cut) give the journal an ancient and traditional feel unlike any other. The journal is a perfect note-taking companion at home, work, or for your adventures and journeys around the globe. Capture your memories, thoughts or sketches on the 96 unlined sheets (192 pages front/back). Measuring 6 x 6 inches, this journal is the perfect size for any adventure. This Himalayan hand-crafted treasure supports the talented Nepalese artisans and preserves the thousand-year-old tradition of hand made paper in Nepal. Namaste.