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Colors

Yellow

Color of the sun, of summer pasture, of winter grassland, Yellow is also ever present in the gold rooftops of temples, in the hats of monks and the murals of monasteries. At Norlha, we inspire ourselves from our surroundings to celebrate yellow in our scarves.

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Shades of Grey

While brighter colors grab our attention and stir our emotions, we tend to underestimate the power of the many shades of grey that soothe our minds and set our moods in between. Tibet is a land where bright colors can look their brightest, enhanced by the rarified atmosphere and set on a background of subtler tones. Nature is filled with greys, not only backdrops, but powerful qualities unto themselves.
Norlha works with three natural shades of the yak, and the most versatile of these is the beautiful warm grey of the grey yak, about 10% of animals in any given herd. In researching our subtler colors, we found of wealth of additional inspiration from the natural environment around Norlha in the rocks, the sky, the clouds and the slate used as flagstones that run from the warmest and lightest to the coolest and darkest, with everything in between.

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The Delicate Side of Pink

Pink comes in many shades, from delicate to robust. Finding its clue from nature and the subtle blooms that mark Spring on the Tibetan Plateau, Norlha has created a shade of pink that evokes the mood of these delicate blossoms; a fleeting beauty that lifts the heart and whose ephemeral quality reminds one of the momentariness of life. Your Norlha scarf will last infinitely longer than a bloom and will remind you that every Spring can be a new moment to remember.

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Orange

Spring is a crucial time for nomads. Though the warming weather and the thawing ice bring a positive note, spring is also marked by herds of yak and sheep weakened and worn by the harsh plateau winter. The dris and ewes have born calves and lambs and desperately need abundant grass to feed their young. Instead, they face brown hills the color of dust, typified by nomads gazing westward, scanning the horizon for a hint of snow bearing clouds. Welcome snowfall is essential for survival; it gently graces the bare grassland with moisture that coaxes buds of grass out of the hard winter ground. Less welcome are the blizzard whose harshness strips the plateau depriving the herds even of the stringy leftovers of fall. Norlha’s Feather Song of Spring scarf is inspired by the gentle drifts of spring snow. The tie-dyed thread runs a soft and subtle pink hue down the scarf reminding one of light spring snowflakes. It takes a dyer several hours to prepare the white thread, the rarest of yak wools, for this scarf, and a weaver perfect skill to weave it. Song of Spring scarf is a commemoration to nature and the power it has over our survival.

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The Color Red

From the five element colors, red is fire, a source of warmth, comfort and protection in a hostile environment.

On the grassland, red belongs to the red poppy, that sprouts at the height of the flower season, in mid July and the autumn berries that children are so fond of. In the world of man, this hue of life and death finds its place in the temples and monasteries, as a part of the spectrum of sacred tones; darker shades of red, then melting into oranges and culminating in yellow. On the walls and in the friezes, red is the highest accent of the spectrum. Among lay people, it is used in belts, to accent the black or dark red chubas for both men and women. Men use it to fringe their hats, or string into their hair. In the past, a bright red was obtained through a complicated dyeing process using lak, a natural dye.

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