NOMADS RETURNING HOME
Animals and Surroundings

NOMADS RETURNING HOME

The beginning of autumn is marked with grass turning a subtler shade of green that makes its way to yellow. Insects become larger and louder, blue...

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RITOMA'S FOUR SACRED PEAKS
Animals and Surroundings

RITOMA'S FOUR SACRED PEAKS

Across the valley from the Norlha Atelier stands the highest peak in Ritoma, the Amney Tongra. Shaped in the hump of a crouching animal, it is the ...

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INTERVIEW WITH NORLHA SPINNERS
Animals and Surroundings

INTERVIEW WITH NORLHA SPINNERS

Until June 24, we are offering our customers 10% off all of our blankets. For every blanket purchase, you will automatically be entered to win a ha...

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PROVENANCE
Animals and Surroundings

PROVENANCE

With the celebration of the Lunar New Year, Norlha embraces the Year of the Ox, or the yak, as it is considered by many Tibetans. In our first jour...

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WHITE
Animals and Surroundings

WHITE

White is everywhere in Tibet. In the snow that blankets peaks and pastures in spring, winter and fall, on the whitewashed walls of buildings, i...

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THE WHITE YAK
Animals and Surroundings

THE WHITE YAK

In Tibet, white is associated with milk and yogurt, givers of life, billowing clouds and snow lions. White is longevity; exemplified in White T...

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Preparing for Winter
Animals and Surroundings

Preparing for Winter

When the fall pasture begins to deplete, it is time to bring the animals into winter mode. The oats, the animal’s winter feed are ripe for harv...

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Autumn is here
Animals and Surroundings

Autumn is here

Autumn turns the pasture from green to rust, bushes to reds and pinks, creating a riot of new colors against an intensely blue sky. Berries app...

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The Yak Deconstructed
Animals and Surroundings

The Yak Deconstructed

The yak is the nomad’s most precious commodity, the source of all his ‘nor’ or wealth and the main bovine on the Tibetan Plateau. A distant cou...

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Spring
Animals and Surroundings

Spring

Nature on the Tibetan Plateau takes time to awake from its slumber. Snow continues to alternate with sun and the pasture gradually morphs from ...

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This time in 2007
Animals and Surroundings

This time in 2007

In April 2007 the budding Norlha team was back from Nepal, our looms and equipment had arrived, transported by truck from Kathmandu to Lhasa, t...

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Babies and spring
Animals and Surroundings

Babies and spring

Spring on the Tibetan Plateau has a false dullness characterized by a bare landscape of tawny earth that slashes into dust storms at the slight...

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