Until 20 years ago, there was very little cash economy in rural Tibet and nomads made everything they owned and wore, occasionally bartering meat and butter for flour or cotton cloth. Men and women sewed their heavy chubas, shirts, hats and boots as well as tents and storage bags for tsampa and cheese.
Sewing at Norlha
Eleven women and one man work in the tailoring section, which opened in 2012. Women find the ability to stitch a finished piece on their own empowering, a way to link skills they learned from their mothers to contemporary designs and forms.
Working with precious fabrics must be accompanied with a strong attention to detail. The sewing, whether machine or hand must be perfect and quality control rigorous. Most of the Norlha tailors have experience in hand sewing and their talent combined with the detailed work of our finished pieces lends them a timeless quality.
Norlha’s tailors adapted their skill to the high variety of Norlha’s product scope ; felt toys, items of traditional or contemporary clothing, and a full range of monk’s robes. Their skills in hand sewing bring a new dimension to our carefully finished products.