Natural Surroundings and Seasons

This time in 2007

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 in Ritoma
People

Norlha 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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Spring  on the Horizon
Natural Surroundings and Seasons

Spring on the Horizon

January on the Tibetan Plateau. The landscape is bare, immersed in shades of yellow and rusty reds. The dust flies and animals graze what is le...

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In the Spirit of Valentine
People

In the Spirit of Valentine

Most marriages in Ritoma are arranged by the families. When a young man or woman come to age, which is very early, their parents begin to look ...

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Monlam, the Great Prayer Festival
Tibetan Religion and Culture

Monlam, the Great Prayer Festival

The origin of Great Prayer Festival was to mark the display of the Buddha’s miraculous powers and the defeat of his doctrinal opponents in the ...

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New Year, New Light
Tibetan Religion and Culture

New Year, New Light

On the Tibetan Plateau, Losar, or New Year is the most celebrated event of the year, a time for family reunions, weddings and new beginnings. D...

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Natural Shades
Natural Surroundings and Seasons

Natural Shades

Herds of Yak are visible from miles away, black dots on green or yellow pasture. Up close, they appear mostly dark brown, with some lighter ani...

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