Cellphone on the Plateau
Buildings and Space

Cellphone on the Plateau

Tibetans are a people on the move. The endless space of the windswept Plateau required seasonal migration of domesticated sheep and yak and enc...

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Winter House
Buildings and Space

Winter House

Nomads used to camp all year long, but about 50 years ago, they began to build makeshift houses to help them pass the winter more comfortably. ...

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A Store in Lhasa
Buildings and Space

A Store in Lhasa

This year, Norlha is opening a small store on the Barkhor, in old Lhasa, in addition to our flagship store in a quieter area nearby. The Barkho...

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Launching Norlha’s New Website
Buildings and Space

Launching Norlha’s New Website

Norlha is located on the Tibetan Plateau the region otherwise known as the Roof of the World, an area populated by more yak and sheep than huma...

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Afternoon in a Nomad Tent
Buildings and Space

Afternoon in a Nomad Tent

Nomads lived in large yak hair tents moving camp 3 to 4 times in a grazing season, following their animals to new pastures. A generation or two...

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Chador Khorchen
Buildings and Space

Chador Khorchen

Past Ritoma Monastery, hidden from view on a hill is a small temple devoted to the meditational deity Chanadorje. It was built in the late 18th...

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Norlha: Celebrating Ten Years
Buildings and Space

Norlha: Celebrating Ten Years

An anniversary makes us look back and take measure of where we are now versus what we were then. Ten years ago this time, Norlha moved into its...

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Neighbors
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Neighbors

Norlha is a member of a closely knit community where relations between people and those with animals are closely synched in the rhythm of every...

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Norden Camp
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Norden Camp

The majority of Norlha’s employees were nomads at some point in their lives, and many were for most of their adult lives. When they first start...

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