Nepalese craft paper factory

The Peacock Shop Bhaktapur traditional nepalese “lokta” paper factory is a not-for-profit organization aiming at heritage preservation through the promotion of medieval craftsmanship and the spread of Buddhist ideals.

This traditional paper made from the fibrous inner bark of Daphne (plant): Daphne bholua and Daphne papyracea, known as lokta bushes. The plant is poisonous by itself. And the paper said to be resistant to humidity and bookworms. That’s why in the past it was used for government and religious documents.


Ram Narayan Prajapati – owner and founder of the Peacock Shop, enthusiast, scientist, collector.


The city of Devotees

A dozen or so snaps are certainly not enough to tell a story about Bhaktapur. Neither is just a few days enough to explore this ancient city. So I keep coming back to Nepal, to delve deeper into this special place.

Bhaktapur has its own rhythm. Well, to be honest, it’s very slow compared to our modern city lives. But it’s a great chance to experience the rhythm of life from centuries ago.

Protected as a Unesco World Heritage site, the old part of Bhaktapur has retained a beautiful, medieval charm; not only as a monument, but as a home for many locals. They do their daily living there – worshiping at shrines, sifting rice on narrow streets, washing clothes at public water wells, making crafts or just chatting in the city’s squares.

Don’t rush. Take time to wander down the narrow streets surrounding the more famous sites in Bhaktapur, peep into backyards and doorways, be respectful of local life and you’ll be benefited with an unbelievable experience.

Bhaktapur, Nepal.
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