Thursday 18 April 2013

Traditional Lokta Paper

Lokta paper and its traditional production methods have always been something that we admire and have until now only really used it for tags and business cards. New for 2013 are two products which see further use of this beautiful paper.

Lokta is the local Nepalese name of traditional paper made from the tree bark of 'Daphne Cannabina'. The bark is found at an altitude of between 2000m and 3500m. This indigenous handmade paper is renowned for its durability and is steeped in history. The oldest available buddhist manuscripts and royal documents have been recorded on lokta paper. It is still made in the same way today.

Our new A5 plain 40 page notebook comes with four different styles of cover to choose from. The photo above shows an undyed nettle cover on the top of the pile and working your way down are an undyed hemp, brown hemp (dyed with acacia catechu) and finally a green hemp (dyed with pomegranate peel). 

Our final new lokta related products are these hemp covered gift boxes. Each box has been constructed with card and then covered with a finer paper on the inside and sides and Wild Himalayan Hemp as a decorative covering to the top and base. Available in two sizes, each with a depth of 30mm, the larger of the two measuring 75mm square and the smaller box 45mm square. A coconut button has been used for the closure.

The Wild Himalayan Hemp and Giant Himalayan Nettle used for both the boxes and notebooks are harvested from the wild remote Himalayan foothills and then retted, spun and woven by hand in the same way that it has been done for centuries. The combination of these fabrics and the traditional lokta paper make for a truely organic product with a timeless charm.

For more information about these products, please follow the link below to our online product pages:

Natural Buttons for 2013

This year's production brings us three new button designs crafted from coconut shell. Shown below are our mushroom button, acorn button and a simple drop design that have all been hand carved from the tough shell of coconuts.

 Each of these new buttons are now available online in strips of four. These simply cute organic buttons would feel very much at home on almost any natural fibre garment.

 Also new for 2013 are these three styles of chunky wooden buttons carved from a hardwood called 'saz', a large sub-tropical tree found upto altitudes of 1200m in the Nepalese foothills of the Himalayas. These large strong buttons are ideal for jacket toggles, bag closures and pretty much any heavy duty use.

Back by popular demand are our original natural button collection. Simple coconut shell buttons of 13mm and 18mm diameter, bamboo buttons of 23mm and buttons crafted from peach stone halves.

To view any of these buttons or our selection of beads and craft parts, simply follow the link below.

Saturday 6 April 2013

Dreamcatcher Kit

Make your own dreamcatcher with Sorazora's new dreamcatcher kit.

To stay in tune with our products' ethos, we have created an organic 6 inch dreamcatcher kit. The photo below shows the kit's components. Natural dyed hempwool in three 10g balls provide you with enough of each colour to produce a single coloured dreamcatcher or alternatively, you could use all three colours. 

The instructions are broken down in to simple steps. Winding hempwool in colours of your choice around the 6 inch cane ring is the first step.

5m of 2 ply Giant Himalayan Nettle twine is provided, although roughly half this length is required to complete the dreamcatcher's web. A simple hand carved wooden needle is included along with 5 lotus seed beads, 1 soapnut seed bead and 5 vine beads. The lotus seed beads are to be randomly added into the weaving of the web and finally tied off at the centre with the single soapnut seed.

Once the winding of hempwool around the cane ring and weaving the nettle twine into the web are completed, all that is left to do is produce three tassels (or as many as you like) and a loop from which to hang your new dreamcatcher.

This dreamcatcher kit will be made available online very soon (within two weeks) and although all components are included, please feel free to personalise the dreamcatcher with any beads or feathers that you may wish to add.

If you have any question regarding this or any of our products, please don't hesitate to contact us via email.
Our 2013 material and product collection should be with us during next week and new items will be slowly uploaded in batches in the weeks that follow.