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The Garden of Light is your premier store for fairly traded, handcrafted .Gift Bags, Journals, Notebooks, and Wrapping Paper.

To complement our extensive range of Lokta paper products, we carry Jharna-Kala Gift Bags, Indian Journals and Notebooks, both paper and leather bound, along with a wide variety of Greeting Cards. When you browse our unique selection of artistic and beautiful cards you will discover the perfect card for any and every occasion.

Gift Bags

Choose from a wide selection of unique paper Gift Bags from our special Jharna-Kala and Lokta collection.

Jharna-Kala
Selected Jharna-Kala have been chosen as designs for these exquisite paper Gift Bags. Available in several sizes.

Lokta
Present your gifts in style in one of our beautiful and functional Lokta paper Gift Bags with strong paper string handles. Available in a variety of sizes and colors. They can also be used as shopping bags as the fibers are remarkably strong. These delightful bags are handcrafted by the indigenous people of Nepal and are fairly traded.

Lokta paper also known as Nepali paper is made in Nepal from the inner bark of any of five different species of the Lokta bush, including Daphne bhoula or Daphne papyracea. The bush grows in the Himalayas at 2,000 to 3,000 m (6,500 to 9500 feet). The Lokta bush re-grows again and again after pruning, making it a truly sustainable bush growing in a fragile ecological area.

A most exquisite and versatile paper, Lokta paper is prized for its attractive texture, durability and strength because of its long fibres. It resists germs, mildew and temperature extremes. Lokta paper can be preserved for a very long period of time and is non-perishable in water, yet easy to dye in water. No machines are used in the entire paper making process.

Here’s how this beautiful paper is made. It begins by cleaning the peeled bark with sharp knives and chopping it into small pieces. These are then soaked in plain water for 5–6 hours and then cooked in a soaking solution of hot water and soda for 1–2 hours. Then it is washed in cold water. Finally, it is hammered and converted into pulp. The pulp is then poured into wooden frames for drying in the sun after which the fine tuning of paper making begins. The usual size of the Lokta paper is 50 x 76 cm (19.5 x 30 inches) with four deckled edges.

Gift Wrap

Our LoktaLokta paper also known as Nepali paper is made in Nepal from the inner bark of any of five different species of the Lokta bush, including Daphne bhoula or Daphne papyracea. The bush grows in the Himalayas at 2,000 to 3,000 m (6,500 to 9500 feet). The Lokta bush re-grows again and again after pruning, making it a truly sustainable bush growing in a fragile ecological area. A most exquisite and versatile paper, Lokta paper is prized for its attractive texture, durability and strength because of its long fibres. It resists germs, mildew and temperature extremes. Lokta paper can be preserved for a very long period of time and is non-perishable in water, yet easy to dye in water. No machines are used in the entire paper making process. Here’s how this beautiful paper is made. It begins by cleaning the peeled bark with sharp knives and chopping it into small pieces. These are then soaked in plain water for 5–6 hours and then cooked in a soaking solution of hot water and soda for 1–2 hours. Then it is washed in cold water. Finally, it is hammered and converted into pulp. The pulp is then poured into wooden frames for drying in the sun after which the fine tuning of paper making begins. The usual size of the Lokta paper is 50 x 76 cm (19.5 x 30 inches) with four deckled edges. Wrapping Paper is nothing short of artwork. Choose from a variety of colours and textures with unique batik designs to wrap your most precious gifts. They also make a perfect and beautiful wall hanging. These hand decorated papers are made using a wax-resistant all natural dyeing technique which creates a variety of colors and textures.

Greeting Cards

Whether you are looking for a card for that special occasion or you just want to say “Thank You”, The Garden of Light has the perfect card for you to express your sentiments.

Incognito
Incognito is a Canadian distributor of Greeting Cards sourced from some of the most progressive European publishers on the market today. Their innovative approach to the various finishes such as Die Cut, Laser Cut, Foiling and Embossing is leading edge in the industry.

Jharna-Kala Card Company
Fine Art Cards painted by Sri Chinmoy and Gift Enclosure Cards.

Photography
We have dozens of different images to choose from created by our gifted Photographer Prabhakar.
Tree Free greeting cards are carefully crafted using earth friendly materials. They use paper from sustainably harvested sources like kenaf, sugar cane, and bamboo, as well as from post-consumer recycled paper. The paper is printed with soy based inks. The production of Tree-Free paper uses less water, no chlorine or harmful chemicals and requires less energy.

Journals & Notebooks

Journals and Notebooks are ideal for notes, journaling, diaries, and recording your creativity. The Garden of Light has four different styles that vary in size and design.

Journals and Notebooks are ideal for notes, journaling, diaries, and recording your creativity. The Garden of Light has four different styles that vary in size and design.

Indian

Our delightful handmade rice paper Journals and Notebooks are fairly traded. The covers are embossed with Indian symbols, gods and goddesses or dried flowers.

We also have two styles of leather bound handmade Journals in several different sizes. Both styles are Chestnut in color.

One is embossed with the Tree of Life on the cover surrounded by Celtic designs. It has a leather wrap to keep it closed.

The other style has a smooth cover and is surrounded with overcast leather stitching. It is closed with a C-clasp.

Jharna-Kala

Various sizes of lined Notebooks are available with Jharna-Kala covers.

Lokta

Lokta paper was used to preserve ancient Hindu and Buddhist texts, some of which still exist thousands of years later. So why not preserve your creativity, travel notes, and writing in these unique and ecofriendly Journals.

Lokta paper also known as Nepali paper is made in Nepal from the inner bark of any of five different species of the Lokta bush, including Daphne bhoula or Daphne papyracea. The bush grows in the Himalayas at 2,000 to 3,000 m (6,500 to 9500 feet). The Lokta bush re-grows again and again after pruning, making it a truly sustainable bush growing in a fragile ecological area.

A most exquisite and versatile paper, Lokta paper is prized for its attractive texture, durability and strength because of its long fibres. It resists germs, mildew and temperature extremes. Lokta paper can be preserved for a very long period of time and is non-perishable in water, yet easy to dye in water. No machines are used in the entire paper making process.

Here’s how this beautiful paper is made. It begins by cleaning the peeled bark with sharp knives and chopping it into small pieces. These are then soaked in plain water for 5–6 hours and then cooked in a soaking solution of hot water and soda for 1–2 hours. Then it is washed in cold water. Finally, it is hammered and converted into pulp. The pulp is then poured into wooden frames for drying in the sun after which the fine tuning of paper making begins. The usual size of the Lokta paper is 50 x 76 cm (19.5 x 30 inches) with four deckled edges.

And for those of us who need a gentle reminder, we have delightful Lokta paper Notes in a colorful box with a beautiful flower on the top. It includes a Lokta carrot style pen.

The Garden of Light has an incredible selection of blank Lokta paper Journals and Notebooks. Most of these Journals have a button clasp and a Bodhi leaf on the cover. Many different sizes and colors are available.