Now that the bitter cold has kicked in, some people long for a tropical vacation and poolside cocktails. We, on the other hand, want to stay put and enjoy the festive season—we just want a luxurious shawl to wrap around us to make us feel warm and cozy. That’s why the Tibetan Yak blankets by Norlha are number one on our wish list. These super soft, featherlight wraps are made of yak khullu, the wool that a baby yak sheds in his second year. Collecting the elusive wool is a difficult and painstaking process, but it’s all worth it. Khullu is even finer than cashmere and also warmer and more resistant to wear and tear, making it an incredibly soft, practically weightless, low-maintenance source of warmth and comfort.
The Norlha workshop, which was founded to provide traditional Tibetan artisans with a stable source of income while preserving their craft heritage, is located in a small nomad settlement in China. All the yak fibers are carefully selected and collected by the herders and hand spun in the workshop by local women. The result is a beautifully crafted product made with love. We are featuring two styles: the larger, lighter Yak shawl and the smaller, thicker and possibly even snugglier Yak scarf. The rich and earthy shades of red, blue and brown are particular to the Yak fiber, as the animal’s dark hair produces a uniquely muted hue. The people at Norlha are very proud of their products, which they describe as: “Garments that have true value, are intrinsically precious and ages well, and whose noble attributes will bring comfort, elegance and pleasure for years to come.” That would be our definition of true luxury.
Make sure to check out our slideshow to see the inspiring story behind Norlha workshop.