Felting is an ancient craft, a way of binding fibers to form fabrics and rugs for everyday use. It was highly developed among nomadic populations in Central Asia and the Caucasus where pieces over two thousand years old have been found. Among the nomads of Central Asia, felt, which is waterproof, provided shelter in the form of tents, clothing and rugs, many of which were intricately ornamented. As in all nomadic communities, felting was a part of daily existence in Ritoma, where all women learned to felt the wool they sheared from their sheep, making mats for sitting and sleeping, boots, raincoats and hats
Hand felting at Norlha
Norlha is first in creating products from felted yak khullu. We trusted the innate qualities of this fiber and felt that with some innovation we could transform this soft, luscious fiber into a new concept in interiors. After some research and experimentation, we realized that by combining modern machinery with hand techniques we could achieve exceptional results.
Felting lends itself to a wide range of products. It is a complex process that begins with the pre-dyeing of the fiber, then relies on the expert hands of the women to lay out the design and even out the fiber to obtain a perfectly even piece. An intricate piece can take three women up to one day to complete.
Norlha felts in a number of thicknesses, each adapted to a particular use; wear, throws, or soft furnishings. Our fabrics range from heavy to light, from up to 800gr to our most noteworthy achievement of a lightweight 200gr backed in cotton cloth for stability.
Sixteen women felt at Norlha. All of them were nomads as some point in their lives, and their long experience and ingenuity with hand felting coupled help from innovative technology made it possible to create the first felted yak khullu products for the home; contemporary in look, unique to the touch, soft and long lasting.