Marina Vaptzarova

is a designer brand creating journals and accessories

  • The designs focus on contemporary and sustainable luxury
  • Each product sources the most sustainable materials
  • Each product is handmade, one by one, by local artisans

We are a socially and environmentally responsible brand using high quality and sustainable raw materials.

Everything is handmade from the harvesting of raw materials to the finished compilation of materials. This takes time, numerous skilled hands and handmade processes, know-how and quality assurance.

Time consuming handmade process and proper care of our staff translate in high value and exclusive quality products.

“A Marina Vaptzarova journal is like no other, it is one you will want to look at, to own and to embrace for the comfort and confidence it inspires. The experience begins before you even open it to write inside.”

Our Mission

  • Our brand aims to uphold:
  • Nepal’s cultural heritage
  • Its eco-system
  • Its economy
  • enhances the prestige of Nepali artisans

Materials Used in Products

Products are made using primarily Daphne Paper:

  • Daphne paper is made from the Daphne bush (Lokta in Nepalese), which has very long fibres giving extraordinary strength to the paper.
  • Daphne paper does not attract paper-eating insects, which means it can last for many decades, even centuries.
  • Daphne paper, a very old traditional knowhow in Nepal, is still used, due to its strength and longevity for important Nepal government official documents.

Nepali Artisans

  • All products are handmade by local Nepali artisans. Marina Vaptzarova products are handmade in its’ own workshop in Kathmandu.
  • Brass elements are hand-carved by skilled artisans in the Kathmandu Valley.
  • All products are made according to the original designs of Marina Shrestha.