Wrap those gifts in this top quality, hand made Lokta paper gift wrap, featuring 4 sheets of a 'star cloud' design on blue, purple, green and red, designed and printed by artists working through Mahaguthi in Nepal.
Nepalese paper-making is tradition in the Himalayan ranges dating back over 2000 years. The Daphne bush (Lokta) used in its production is found at altitudes above 2,000 metres. It is harvested every 2-3 years by cutting the stem 30 cm above ground level, from where new shoots grow, so the trees survive.
Your purchase of this gift wrap helps provide continuity of employment for workers who are still struggling to rebuild their lives following the devastating Nepali earthquakes of May 2015. Sunil, CEO of our fair trade producer-partner Mahaguthi, wrote immediately after the earthquake:
"Fortunate enough that we are safe... some of us have lost our homes. The second earthquake on Tuesday shattered our confidence as we were trying to get back to life. Still thousands of people are displaced. People are fearful to enter their homes. Everyday aftershocks continue to terrify everyone. Still it is taking time to get back to life. Producers who went home outside Kathmandu are still fearful to return. Those who lost homes are busy finding temporary solutions... Thank you very much for your understanding and support."
Mahaguthi Craft supports the development of micro-enterprises and helps disadvantaged producers improve their quality of life in Nepal.
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