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Norlha's Heritage Collection

Norlha products are about being comfortably chic. They are cross-cultural and men and women of all ages can easily find a pretext for discarding the need to conform to common identities by sporting the scarf that truly embraces their unique individuality,

Norlha’s 2017 collection, highlights the importance of the ‘Heritage’ concept. We seek to evoke a sense of nostalgia for products with stories and in Norlha’s case, in the handiwork that went into the product, the raw nomadic life of the people who made it and the cross cultural identity of the designers.

The Spring/Summer scarves of Norlha’s Heritage collection are a blend of yak and silk a light, enveloping scarf that shields one from the spring breeze. Farewell winter, and welcome to new beginnings!

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The Table

Norlha’s Table Collection brings warmth and elegance to any environment. Our handfelted mats and runners highlight rustic Tibetan elements; a nomad butter box full of seasonal walnuts, a pat of fresh yak butter and barley. Mats come in brown with a blue border and grey with a brown border. 

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Norlha's Carpet Collection

Tibetan carpets are recognized throughout the world for their colorful patterns and for quality that will last you a lifetime. Conclusive evidence on weaving traditions on the Tibetan Plateau can be found as early as AD 600 during the time of Tibet’s great king Songtsen Gampo and later, during China’s Tang Dynasty. Over the centuries, Tibetan designs have reflected influence from India, Persia and China, though weaving techniques are uniquely Tibetan, a distinctive method of mounting the warp on a vertical loom.

In June of 2016, Norlha opened its carpet section in Labrang, a reflection of Norlha’s efforts to preserve and uphold tradition. Our carpets are knotted from Central Tibetan sheep wool,  which was, until the middle of the 20th century, Tibet’s main export, coveted for its fine, long fiber. Today it has been largely forgotten and it's very rare to find carpets woven purely out of Tibetan wool.

As in all our projects, Norlha works in vertical fashion, supervising every step in the creation process. We separate, wash and clean the wool which we have carefully sourced, retaining only the very softest of the fibers in each batch. We work only with natural shades of wool. To obtain variations we mix yak wool fiber into our thread, a process unique to Norlha.

The wool for our carpets is hand spun, taking a woman 20 days to spin the wool for a single carpet. Our carpets are knotted on traditional Tibetan vertical looms and it takes a weaver up to 30 days to weave a standard sized carpet, making the final product nearly two months to complete.

Though we use traditional weaving and knotting techniques, we innovate with simplified Tibetan inspired designs, making our carpets adaptable to a wide range of decorative environments. A Norlha rug is timeless and made to last a family a lifetime. 

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Norlha's Heritage Collection

Norlha products are about being comfortably chic. They are cross-cultural and men and women of all ages can easily find a reason for discarding the need to conform to common identities by sporting the scarf that truly embraces their unique individuality,

Norlha’s 2017 collection highlights the importance of the ‘heritage’ concept. We seek to evoke a sense of nostalgia for products with stories, and in Norlha’s case, in the handiwork that went into the product, the raw nomadic life of the people who made it and the cross cultural identity of the designers. This collection is a happy mix of fashion and vintage. It encourages people to be fashion forward, contributing positively to a colorful future all the while paying tribute to the past. The combination of the workmanship in a Norlha product, the artisan’s story and the inspiration behind the design are what brings our products to life. Heritage is an invitation to let Norlha become who you are for generations to come.

The Spring/Summer scarves of Norlha’s Heritage Collection are a blend of yak and silk making a light, enveloping scarf, to shield one from a spring breeze. Farewell winter, and welcome to new beginnings! 

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Nomad Zen

My father’s favorite color is red. Not any red, but a dark maroon, the same shade as that of a Tibetan monk’s robes and that of the sacred walls in Tibetan monasteries. This is the color that reminds him of the many footprints he has left within monastery walls. Having lived overseas for over fifty years now, for him maroon is a nostalgic color, a color that connects him to his homeland.

For most Tibetans, red is a sacred and auspicious color that is believed to have protective qualities. Tibetan women celebrate red in the coral that they wear. Coral is one of the five sacred stones of Tibetan Buddhists. It symbolizes the energy of life force and is seen to bring success in life.

At Norlha, achieving the perfect red was no easy feat. Red has a multitude of shades, and obtaining the ‘real red’ came after much trial and error.

Today we have developed a product suited for both men and women, old or young. Nomad Zen can be a meditation stole, or a super wrap to snuggle into during the cold winter months.

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