Each Marina Vaptzarova product is the expression of dedicated quality and exceptional craftsmanship. In the manner of Haute couture, Marina Vaptzarova designs are one-of-a-kind. Made by hand at every turn – every page and fabric, every cut, fold, stitch, dye and print are patiently carried out by hand.

Reaching far back through the centuries, every material and every skill used by Marina Vaptzarova has a story to share. The precious artisan traditions that are at the very core of Marina Vaptzarova designs, span from the highly sought traditional Daphne paper all the way to the finest hand carved brass or silver.

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Daphne paper

With unrelenting passion Marina Vaptzarova explores the astonishing potentiality of this sustainable material specific to Nepal. Highly esteemed in Himalayan societies for its many qualities, Daphne paper has for centuries been used in prayer books, official documents and traditional medicine. Along with a highly appealing texture, this handmade paper is made of long fibers that endow it with exceptional strength. Natural, handmade and with unique fibers that by nature stick to each other without resorting to additives, it is one of the most sustainable papers in the world.

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Daphley (vegetal leather)

Marina Vaptzarova has developed an astonishing material that combines luxury and sustainability. It is handmade and derived from the very same Lokta fibers used in Daphne Paper. Baptized “Daphley” (Daphne vegetal leather), for having qualities comparable to wrinkled leather, it boasts a very soft and delightful texture. It can be used in making a variety of eco-chic gifts, ranging from vegetal leather travel journals to decorative cushion covers and original blinds for the home!


The weaving of nettle fibers that grow in abundance in the Himalayan hills is an ancestral tradition. These nettles can reach up to three meters in height and are cut at their stem to obtain long fibers that are spun and woven in order to make thread, ropes and weavings for clothes and bags.


As hemp grows and regenerates rapidly without any fertilizers, it is considered to be one of the most ecological plants on earth. It grows up to four meters high and, according to traditional Nepalese craft, the long fibers can be found inside the stem, and, after having been soaked for several days, can be freed, ground, spun and woven. The cloth thus obtained is renowned for its solidity, insulating capacities and resistance. Hemp fibers are also used to make paper.

Brass & Silver

The Newars, the native artisans of the valley of Kathmandu, are responsible for some of the most creative arts found in the Nepalese tradition. They are particularly renowned in the Himalayas for their exceptional craftsmanship in the gold and silversmith trade. Their ability to carefully hand chisel precious metal, had won them a favored place in the forbidden city of Lhasa. To this day, the Newars are among the last jewelers to work gold and silver by hand at the cost of long hours of infinitely meticulous work.

Birth of a Journal

Our Papers

Marina Vaptzarova designs are manufactured using a specific selection of different Daphne papers that can be distinguished by subtle differences in texture and quality.

100% Daphne (N3-100) : The original pure Daphne paper, made exclusively of the Lokta (Daphne) plant. Rare and highly sought out for its genuine and pure quality, it is recognizable by its crisp and appealing crinkle. Authentic and natural, it will have one side smoother than the other.

Standard Daphne (N3C) : The standard Daphne paper found today in the local market, a mix of recycled Lokta, pure Lokta and sometimes the Argeli bush. In appearance it is somewhere in-between recycled paper and Lokta paper.

Japanese Daphne (JN1) : Standard Daphne paper produced with the Japanese papermaking technique, which creates sheets of paper that are perfectly smooth on both sides and extremely soft and appealing to the touch.

Art & Writing

All types of Daphne paper will accommodate your:

  • Rollerball pens
  • Ballpoint pens
  • Felt-tip pens
  • Pencils (grade #1 & #2 – soft pencils are better adapted)
  • Oil pastels
  • Dry pastels
  • Charcoal pen
  • Acrylic paint
  • Oil paint

100% Daphne paper and Japanese Daphne paper will also accommodate your:

  • Color pencils
  • Water paint *
  • Fountain pen **

* Daphne paper is not completely white, but rather off-white; it will look different from painting on white drawing paper.

** The ink may spread especially when remaining on one point with the nib. Very thin nibs may get stuck in the paper’s fibers.

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