Founded by mother and daughter Kim and Dechen Yeshi in 2007, Norlha is the Tibetan Plateau’s first Yak Khullu Atelier.
KIM YESHI, PRESIDENT & CO-FOUNDER
Born in Chicago and raised in France, Kim emigrated to India with her Tibetan husband after studying anthropology at Vassar College and Buddhism at the University of Virginia. Kim has spent the last thirty years in Asia, where she has researched and produced textiles and handicrafts. Driven by her interest in sustainable development and passion for textiles, Kim formulated and implemented the concept behind Norlha.
DECHEN YESHI, CEO & CO-FOUNDER
Heavily influenced by her Tibetan-American roots, Dechen graduated from Connecticut College before traveling to the Tibetan Plateau in 2005 to research the economics and cultural dynamics of the region. She soon developed a strong connection to the plateau, and formed a life there, establishing the Norlha Atelier while single-handedly training every member of the Norlha team. Today, Dechen lives in Amdo with her husband and their three daughters.
WOVEN IN COMMUNITY
Around the yak, Norlha employees have learned not only to spin and weave, but taken on managerial positions in production, sales and other areas. Instead of herding the yak, they transform its fiber into a world class product, becoming linked to the world in the process.