02.03.15 – 03.03.15
An immersive exhibition highlighting the commitment of a sustainable workshop of Khullu weavers that has provided the world's luxury brands with the finest yak wool from the high plateau of Tibet.
Founded by mother and daughter, Kim and Dechen Yeshi, Norlha trains Tibetan nomads to spin yaks’ dense undercoats into a soft, highly durable fiber, suitable for use in the brand's collection of luxurious scarves, shawls, and blankets.
Norlha’s founder, Kim Yeshi, was convinced that the yak’s dense under coat, or khullu, held special properties and in 2005, she sent her two children, Dechen and her brother Genam to collect two tons of yak wool from the Machu and Zorge Ritoma areas of Amdo in the Kanlho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu, China. Once cleaned and de-haired, the fiber was loaded on a truck and transported to Katmandu where it was spun and woven. The result was beyond expectation: yak was lusciously soft, warm and rugged.
Yak fiber was a local commodity in Zorge Ritoma, where the founders decided to build the workshop and where old spinning and weaving techniques were carried-on in the most traditional way. The time-honored techniques and the workshop setup of the local weavers were not adapted to respond to trade inquiries from abroad.
Kim and Dechen decided to introduce old weaving techniques from other territories to the local weavers; they have sent four Tibetan artisans to Cambodia, Nepal and India where they expended their spinning and weaving knowledge. They returned to Norlha with looms, charkhas and two foreign trainers. Thirty local people were hired and trained in large military tents while the workshop was being remodeled.
Since the introduction of the workshop to the Fashion Couture Houses in Paris in January 2008, Norlha has become one of the most regarded wool purveyor for luxury houses such as Hermes, Donna Karan, etc. Today Norlha launches its signature collection at Atelier Courbet with a line of warm and elegant yak wool collection including bedspread, throws, wraps and soft yak-wool stuffed.
175/177 MOTT STREET
NEW YORK NY 10012
TELEPHONE: 212 226 7378
TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY
OPENING HOURS: 10AM-7PM