In 2014 the Playing For Change Band played over 75 concerts in 11 countries spreading a message of love, unity and peace through music.
The brand new, limited-edition PFC Peace Pack seen below includes our favorite selection of Nepali handcrafts, in addition to the PFC Peace Through Music DVD Documentary. All of these unique handcrafts are made with raw materials, and many of them are made from world-renowned lotka paper!
About handmade lokta paper products:
This world-renowned handmade paper is made according to traditional methods from the bark of the Danphe Bush. It is only found above 6,500 feet altitude of the Himalayan region in Nepal. The paper is a fine texture, strong and is able to be preserved for some centuries.
In the heart of the Himalayas, Nepalese artisans combine a traditional process of ancient papermaking with modern fashion and style. The result is a high-quality paper product, prized for its superior strength, durability, and rich texture. This natural product is 100% handmade using local raw materials, simple technology, and ancient skills.
For ages Lokta bark has been used for the purpose of making paper. To avoid destroying the main root, the plant is harvested by cutting it’s stem at ground level. Lokta takes two to three years of time to regenerate naturally so there are no challenges on the Nepal’s forest ecology.
First the bark of Lokta plant is cleaned and then cut into small pieces with a sharp knife. The pieces are soaked in water for about six hours. Then cooked in a soaking solution of hot water and soda for 1-2 hours and washed in cold water. The material is then hammered and converted into pulp. The pulp is poured into wooden frames for drying into sheets of paper.
In Nepal, there is no government aid for the poor. Annual per capita income is $700 USD. Only 44% of women and girls are literate. The Playing For Change Foundation has come to benefit a special home for underprivileged children in Kathmandu, and this is their story.
Produced by William Aura for Playing For Change Foundation