Raw Feather Scarf
This scarf is made from a fine yak khullu and silk blend. As its name suggests, it is as light as a feather, with a unique blend of warmth and delicacy. The scarf is constructed from woven strips of fabric of varying widths and lengths, which are hand-sewn together by a single artisan over an entire day. It is finished with a stitched line of thicker thread along its centre and short raw fringing at both ends. The final piece is washed to enhance the rawness of its details.
WORDS FROM THE WEAVER
‘As I worked on the patchwork of this piece, the concentration needed took over my usual chanting of mantras. My mind was transported back to my childhood when we wasted nothing. We would patch up our sheepskin chupas, our shirts, and even our shoes. I still have one of those chupas! I wondered which far reaches of the earth this scarf would travel to and, like my chupa, the generations that it might live through.’ – Dolma Tso
- Size: 72 × 180 cm
- Weight:160 g
- Finishing: 2cm raw fringe
- Composition: 50% Yak Khullu, 50% Silk
- Base colour: Natural White 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.