Village Shepherd Weave
A ruggedly soft yak khullu and sheep’s wool scarf. Its distinctive texture is created by a handspun yak wool weft, which is combined with a yak and sheep’s wool-blend warp. The sheep’s wool adds strength, while the yak khullu gives exceptional warmth.
Yak Black. A yak is a mixture of brown and black, though the darker shade is prevalent from a distance when a herd is spotted as specks of black on green, yellow, or white, depending on the season. Black is the shade of the yak’s tsipa, the characteristic jet-black guard hair that falls over the animal’s flanks, the one that covers the thick, brown layer of khullu that insulates the animal in winter. Tsipa is harvested every few years and used to weave ropes, the material that makes up the nomad’s tents, and the curtains that ornament the façade of monasteries, usually embellished with white appliquéd Buddhist motifs.
85% yak khullu, 15% Silk
Size: 70 x 190 cm
Finishing: 7 cm knotted fringe
Composition: 85% Yak khullu, 15% Sheep wool
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 and responsibly sourced sheep’s wool from Inner Mongolia.
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.
Technique:Handspun & Handwoven
Shipping: All orders are packed with care and shipped from our atelier on the Tibetan Plateau.