Norlha, the ethical and chic yak

The Franco-American anthropologist Kim Sciaki Yeshi, was highly convinced of the noble qualities of khullu, the down beneath a yak’s fleece which allows them to survive the temperatures of the highest Tibetan peaks, which can be as low as -30°C. In 2005 she sent her children, Dechen and Genam, on a scouting trip, to the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Gannan in China : they came back, one year later, with a ton of raw yak wool which was then washed threaded and woven. Kim held in her hands an exceptional product, both incredibly warm and wonderfully soft, exactly as she had imagined it.
Thus the Norhla adventure began. To use khulla locally and to allow the native nomads to find work in the heart of their village, without having to tirelessly cross the mountain pastures, Kim established, in 2007, the workshop Norlha au Ganan, in the village of a Ritoma. The wooden looms are bought in Nepal, volunteers are sent to Cambodia and Nepal for training, and on site training is given, during six months, which introduces innovative techniques of threading and weaving from India and Nepal. The khullu is bought every year during the month of May and a network of nomads own the flocks: Norlha only buys the most beautiful wool, that which comes from an animal who is around two years old.
Norlha currently employs 80 people in its workshop in Ritoma and thus allows the nomads, particularly the new generation, to earn their living whilst remaining close to their families, in their own communities. The workshop manages to develop the economy of this poor region, and gives freedom to the population whilst at the same time delivering products – cloths, shawls, scarves, elegant, luxury knits – which are to the tastes of the big names in western fashion.
Norlha scarf
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