Norlha was founded by mother and daughter Kim and Dechen Yeshi. Dechen travelled to the Tibetan Plateau in 2005 to research the region’s economical and cultural dynamics and, after developing a strong connection with the place, decided to stay. Dechen’s knowledge and care for the communities she met, combined with Kim’s passion for textiles and sustainable development, lead to Norlha being established as the Tibetan Plateau’s first Yak Khullu Atelier in 2007.
Norlha uses yak khullu for its textiles, which is the soft under down that yaks grow in the autumn, and shed in late spring. Its incredibly enduring, soft and warm, and ethical too – the fibre is collected from the yaks as it starts to loosen naturally, so the animal is never deprived of its winter protection. Norhla place the exceptional qualities of this rare fibre, the skill of the artisans they work with and the creation of high-quality products at the heart of everything they do.