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Traditionally, papermaking in Nepal is performed by shepards who spend many long months away from their families, tending their flocks in the forest of the Himalayas. Because of this, until recent times, the papers of Nepal remained unknown to most of the world.
Daphne, a native bast fiber, is in abundant supply and is easily harvested, cooked and beaten with a wooden paddle and then formed into sheets on a mould constructed of bamboo poles stretched with a coarse canvas. The handmade sheets were folded, bundled and then transported down the mountains by mule pack. Today, Nepal's papermaking is still practiced in the same manner, although it has moved closer to the villages, and some machinery is used in the preparation of the pulp.
With aid from the western world, interest in Nepalese papers and paper products is greatly increasing, and these beautiful sheets are becoming more readily available insuring the future of traditional Nepalese papermaking.