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Sun & Sunflowers Lokta Card


  • 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.
  • Each card comes with an envelope and is packaged individually in 100% biodegradable cellophane sleeve.
  • Cards are blank on the inside for your message.
  • Back of card has educational story, shown below in description.


Members of the Compositae family, sunflowers are North American natives. Archeological evidence supports Native Americans cultivating sunflowers in the Four Corners area about 3000 BC; domestication of sunflowers probably occurred before that of corn. Besides being grown for their beauty, sunflowers are grown commercially to produce sunflower oil as well as edible seeds.

All plant life on earth is intimately linked to the Sun. The scientific name of the sunflower, Helianthus, is derived from “Helios” meaning “sun” and “Anthos” meaning “flower”; these large flowers indeed track the path of the Sun’s journey across the sky each day as if to underscore the importance of this ancient connection. The large showy sunflower heads produce hundreds of edible seeds attracting birds and butterflies. The cheerful sunflower faces have become symbols for optimism, productivty and beauty.

artwork by Christi Sobel © 2002
text by Steve Sierigk