These beautiful Buddha Eyes Lokta Paper Lantern Lamp Shades are handmade in Nepal using lokta paper, natural dye colours and screen printed by hand. This lamp shade can be placed on a table or the floor around a lamp or hung around a ceiling light as it has a string on each corner that you can tie up. Just be wary that the paper does not touch the light bulb as paper is flammable.
The Buddha eyes are what you will see looking out from the four sides of the main towers of the stupas in Nepal. Stupa is Sanskrit for heap and is an important form of Buddhist architecture, though it predates Buddhism. It is generally considered to be a sepulchral monument—a place of burial or a receptacle for religious objects. The eyes of the Buddha on the stupa symbolise the all-seeing ability of the Buddha and it is said that the half opened eyes represent the meditative state.
According to Buddhism, we can say that if we are wise, we can see beyond material things. What we then see can is the truth. The world is in a muddle now because people don’t use their eye of Wisdom to see things. People are distracted and deluded by greed, hatred and ignorance. These desires mix them up, or bring them down and then lead us to suffering. People become distressed, depressed, anxious and suffer. Only wisdom will lead the world out of this state of being.
Nepali handmade paper is crafted in the traditional way from the bark of Daphne Cannabina, commonly known as lokta among Nepalese, an under-storey shrub which grows in the middle mountains of Nepal. Handmade lokta paper crafting is an ancient art that has remained unchanged for over 2000 years. Handmade lokta paper is acid free and environmental friendly. It is extremely durable and that is one reason why government offices in Nepal are still using them for all the official documentations.
Our crafting families have been using these beautiful handmade papers for picture framing, lampshades, art supplies, book making, displays, wall paper and many other wonderful purposes.
Colour: White with black and gold detailing
Size: 25 cm x 18 cm x 18cm