Ritoma village is home to 1,500 Tibetan nomads, 60 Buddhist monks, and thousands of years of ancient culture. It is also home to Norlha Textiles, an innovative Tibetan-ran social enterprise enriching the lives of its people.
Nomadism as a way of life is on the decline on the Plateau. In 2007, Norlha was established to allow nomadic families to stay in their native areas, earn a living, and preserve their culture. Through job training and skill development, these nomads turned artisans create timeless textile products using the Plateau’s finest yak wool.
The employees of Norlha share their passion of creating precious pieces with the world. And when the looms and threads are put away, they turn to their other passion: Basketball.