Our Atelier

Norlha is first to bring high-quality, handcrafted Yak Khullu to the fashion world.

Norlha's Innovative Approach

Norlha is the Tibetan Plateau’s first yak khullu atelier. We opened our doors in 2007 in Ritoma Village, a nomad settlement comprising 230 families, 6000 yaks and 20,000 sheep. We now employ 130 people, all former nomads or members of nomad families, who have spun, woven and felted for generations. Still, creating a modern, marketable product required thinking and innovation as the local tools, drop spindles and  blackstrap looms, were not conducive to commercially viable production. We innovated by using outside technology, importing charkhas and flying shuttle looms from India and Nepal, both ideal for a village based industry. For felting, we combined modern technology and the traditional knowledge and techniques of the local women.

Artisans of Norlha

Norlha’s first employees had never done anything other than herding, and most had never seen the inside of a classroom. Still, they applied their natural skills to weaving, felting and administering. In the past six years, we have employed an increasing number of young people who though born as nomads, attended some school and prefer a job to herding. The yak has brought change with continuity and this new generation of rural Tibetans an alternative way or life, offering access to today’s world while remaining rooted in their environment. 

8 Artisans for every scarf

It takes eight different skilled artisans to make a single Norlha scarf

100 Days

Norlha's most intricate piece takes over 100 days for a single artisan to complete  

40,000+ Training hours

Since its founding in '07, Norlha has spent 40,000+ hours training local nomads in vocational, management & textile skills

$4M On local salaries

Since its founding Norlha has provided over $4M USD in local salaries

Techniques

Masters of their craft. Keepers of their heritage. 

Weaving

Handloom weaving is a team activity that requires coordination, patience and skill. 

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Felting

Norlha’s felters combined their traditional felting experience with modern technology.

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Tailoring

Norlha’s team of tailors use their talents to create finely finished products. 

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Our Most Popular Designs

Nomad Nets Shawl (Brown Base)
Regular price
$500.00
Sale price
$500.00
Nomad Prince Double-Sided Twill Scarf
Regular price
$180.00
Sale price
$180.00
Nomad Prince Quill Scarf
Regular price
$240.00
Sale price
$240.00
Yak Children's Poncho
Regular price
$340.00
Sale price
$340.00