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Bearded Iris Lokta Card

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Our images are set in a frame on this beautiful, handmade paper from the Nepalese Lokta shrub. This tree-free paper is both environmentally friendly and sustainably harvested, providing a market for cottage industries that are Fair-Trade Certified. Each card comes with an envelope and is packaged individually.

Cards are blank on the inside and have a great story on the reverse side about the picture on the front.

Web images are displayed with Acorn Designs' faint watermark but actual cards are printed and shipped without the watermark.

Handmade cards are not available for wholesale pricing.

Back of Card DESCRIPTION

The bearded iris is one of the oldest cultivated flowers with carvings of this hardy perennial found in Egyptian temples dating back to 1500 BC. Highly valued for its medicinal properties as well as its beauty, the flower could be found from Western Europe to Nepal.

In the 1800’s, breeders in France increased the popularity of the bearded iris by developing new varieties, and by the 1920’s it was ranked as one of the top 3 perennials in American gardens.

Iris is the Greek word for “rainbow”, which is a fitting name since the flower comes in a variety of colors including blue, purple, white, yellow, pink, orange, brown, red and black.  In the Victorian language of the flower the iris symbolizes “eloquence”.

artwork by Susan Bull Riley © 2004

text by Anne Trawick