Sharlho is a Tibetan owned and operated cottage industry, nestled in a small village called Ramnagar in Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh. A historically Nepalese settlement, we blend in perfectly with the slow pace of village life.
Sharlho creates employment for 8 fulltime staff currently, and a handful of talented freelancers, many of whom have fled the city life to settle in Dharamshala. Since it’s inception in 2015, the company has earned itself a solid reputation among Tibetans both in India and dozens of countries where they’ve settled as refugees since 1959; the year His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived in India to escape Chinese occupation of Tibet.
With a small Boutique store in the bustling market of Mcleod Ganj – the seat of His Holiness Dalai Lama, and the Tibetan Parliament in Exile. The handful of former villages have transformed into an immensely popular travel destination all year through. Catering to international backpackers and luxury preferring retirees, weekend-trippers from big Indian cities, and slew of Dharma or spiritual tourists from around the world.
The town has served as a dipstick for learning that our products, once discovered, speak to an incredibly diverse cross-section of global citizens. Some see them as valuable keepsakes from India, others as high functioning and high quality investments in a sea of tacky Chinese rip-offs, and most are hooked by the quality of our finish and striking Himalayan aesthetic.
The launch of the website marks the start of an extensive effort to take Sharlho products around the world.
Started by Tenzin Norbu Sharlho, or Tenor to his friends, Sharlho has been a long time in the making. The separation from family and all things familiar, at the unimaginably tender age of 5, fueled a fascination for tactile experiences. Getting lost in the detail of things; the texture, the feel of the fabric, the colours, offered a respite from what was otherwise a challenging childhood and early adulthood.
Through all Sharlho products you will know the comfort and consistency that these tactile experiences offered, and celebrate their dichotomous ability to set off the imagination or ground one firmly to the present moment.