Color On the Plateau
Colors

Color On the Plateau

Summer Essentials: pinks, blues, purples…transforming the still neutral grassland that will soon be emulating our early efforts to bring color ...

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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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Sagadawa
Tibetan Religion and Culture

Sagadawa

Sagadawa celebrates the birth of the Buddha, which is marked on the full moon of the fifth lunar month. For Mahayana Buddhists around the world...

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Spring
Natural Surroundings and Seasons

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
Natural Surroundings and Seasons

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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Norlha in Shangri la
Products

Norlha in Shangri la

This Spring, Norlha is opening a new store in Gyethang, better known nowadays as Shangri la, a Tibetan Prefecture in Yunnan Province. The area ...

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First Photo Shoots
Products

First Photo Shoots

By the summer of 2007, despite having no building, Norlha was going full blast. Thirty people worked in two tents, creating our first products ...

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Toys
Animals

Toys

We began making toys at Norlha around 2011, beginning with the emblematic yak, of course. It more or less retained the same shape but went thro...

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Babies and spring
Animals

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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Norlha Women in Ritoma
People

Norlha Women in Ritoma

Traditionally, Ritoma women were immersed in nomadic life. Larger families had up to six hundred animals, and the women bore the brunt of the h...

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A Norlha Marriage
People

A Norlha Marriage

Nyingkar Dolma was 25 when she married Jamyang Dondup last fall. It was a traditional marriage arranged by a matchmaker. Jamyang is from Ritoma...

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