They are created using a variety of printmaking techniques, most notably screen printing, batik (wax resist) and block printing on handmade Nepalese paper.
Made from an indigenous plant called lokta it shares many qualities with Japanese kozo paper including durability, resistance to tearing, humidity, insects and mildew and under favourable conditions it can last for 2000 - 3500 years.
Lokta paper is made from a shrub (a subspecies of laurel) which grows wildly and covers more than million hectares of forest land in 55 districts of Nepal, of which 25 districts have an abundant supply. It is recognised as one of the world's most under utilised resources.
This paper has been made in the same way for up to 1900 years in Nepal; the plant is harvested by men and the papermaking process by the womenfolk.
HATAKAMI is suitable for many crafts including bookbinding, box covering, decoupage, collage, interior design, wallpaper lampshades, furniture and many others.
SIZE: 50 x 75 cm, 19 1/2 x 29 1/2 inches (approximately)
Hatakami are pursuing a program to ensure fair pay, good working conditions and access to education and health care for the people concerned in the production of their products.