This scarf is made from a fine yak khullu and silk blend. Woven on a shuttle loom, its design requires immense precision and focus to achieve. It features subtle tonal twin stripes that run along its length and irregular slits across its surface, made from creating short openings in the weft. It is finished with uneven brushed fringing along its edges.
WORDS FROM THE WEAVER
‘The scarf reminds me of the slits in the central joint of our yak-hair tents. At night, these slits acted as peepholes to the sky above and the myriad of stars. Just as the nomadic way of life can be beautiful but physically demanding, this scarf has its beauty while being the most mentally demanding piece I have ever woven. After weaving this piece for a day, when I closed my eyes at night, I was still switching shuttles and measuring gaps, starts and stops, starts and stops!’ – Gombo Kyap
- Size: 70 × 190 cm
- Weight:130 g
- Finishing: 3 to 8cm brushed fringes
- Composition: 70% yak khullu, 30% silk
- Base Colour: Natural White & Grey Base
- Care: Use a mild detergent or regular shampoo and carefully hand-wash by submerging in cold water for 10–15 minutes. Alternatively, dry clean or machine wash using the cold, delicate setting. Dry flat or on a clothesline away from direct sunlight; do not wring dry or tumble dry. To keep the fibre in optimal condition, gently steam iron. During the warmer months, clean and store your scarf in a ziplock bag, preferably with moth repellent.
- Provenance: Handwoven at Norlha Atelier using yak khullu sourced from local nomad cooperatives
- Base colour: Yaks typically have a dark brown coat, but they can also be found in grey and, very rarely, in golden brown and white. Our artisans work with all four yak wool shades, which are either left in their natural state, combined to create different tones, or dyed.
- Yak khullu: This scarf was made using the khullu of 1 yak. Khullu is the ultra-fine, downy undercoat that keeps yak insulated during harsh Tibetan winters. Each summer, the yak naturally shed this down, which is then carefully collected by hand.
- Technique: Handwoven
- Artisans & Processes: A team of 12 artisans handmade this scarf at Norlha Atelier. During its production, it went through 14 highly specialised processes.
- Shipping: All orders are packed with care and shipped from our atelier on the Tibetan Plateau.