Batik Geo Squares - Cream
All of our beautiful Nepalese Lokta papers are hand-made and hand-dyed in Nepal, resulting in a large variety of mesmerizing silkscreen printed patterns and rich solid colours. They can be used for a variety of craft applications, including bookbinding, collage, and origami. They are also eye-catching framed as art!
Batik Geo Squares are created with an ancient process that involves layering wax and dye to create a relief pattern on the material below. To create this effect on Lokta paper, bee’s wax is hand placed to create the pattern, followed by vibrantly coloured dye to cover the whole paper, then the paper is ironed to remove the wax and reveal un-dyed natural paper below.
Made from the sustainable source of the Lokta bush, the papers are eco-friendly as well as durable and strong. The production process starts with the bark of the Daphne plant, known locally as “Lokta” which grows in abundance in the Himalayan foothills. The bark of the Lokta regrows within 4 years therefore with controlled harvesting and replantation, the forest and environment are preserved for the future. Our supplier was established to support the manufacture and export of Nepalese handicrafts and is registered with numerous organizations that maintain trade, labour, and environmental standards for local craftspeople.
Being handmade, all these papers have a slight variation in size, thickness, and colour that give them all a unique and individual personality.
Size approx. 20” x 30”
When will my order ship?
In order to offer the extensive range of papers/products that we do, some products are housed offsite and may require 1-6 business days to be collected before your order ships. If you are in a hurry to receive your items, please contact us to check stock before placing your order. In the very rare event that we run out of something included in your order, you will be issued a full refund for that product(s) when your order ships.
Our 8.5x11” paper samples are shipped free to you by standard letter mail. If you require faster/trackable shipping please select one of the paid shipping options for your samples.
Import duties, taxes and charges are the responsibility of the buyer and are not included in your shipping cost. These are calculated by customs as your shipment enters its destination country and are completely beyond our control. Please check with your country’s customs office to determine what these additional costs may by prior to purchasing.
All shipping costs are automatically calculated by our shipping partners and The Paper Place reserves the right to re-quote shipping costs if we discover the actual fees vary considerably from those calculated at checkout. You will be notified of any cost changes and have to ability to approve them before your order is shipped.
Chiyogami is possibly our most popular paper. Strong, beautiful and versatile, these papers are available in a seemingly endless selection of colours and patterns. It is easy to admire Chiyogami for it's beauty alone but what is even more impressive is understanding the time and craftsmanship that goes into making just a single sheet.
The base paper of each sheet of Chiyogami is made of a combination of kozo and sulphite. The kozo gives the paper it's characteristic strength and softness while the sulphite makes it possible to produce these papers at a reasonable cost.
To create a single sheet of Chiyogami, each base sheet is silkscreened with as many colours as there are in that particular pattern – in most cases, four or five colours. After the base sheet has been pasted to a wooden board for stability during the silkscreening process, the first screen silkscreen is registered and ink applied. Each sheet of paper is dried on racks to allow the ink to dry between applications. The screens for subsequent colours are painstakingly registered so that the colour layers lie precisely in relation to each other.
The following are samples showing each stage of this process. The last picture shows the result of this labour intensive process – an incredibly beautiful sheet of Chiyogami.