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Hand-painted Thangka Paintings...

A thangka is a Tibetan scroll painting, the artwork mounted on embroidered  silk brocade in rich colors and a variety of patterns. Paintings take weeks and months to complete. First, the painting surface is prepared. With the contents and design of the thangka in his mind, the thangka artist lays out the composition, and then the long process of painting begins. Thangkas decorate monasteries, temples and homes. As a scroll that can be also rolled up and unrolled, the portability of the thangka has been useful for lives on the move, such as for nomadic and displaced peoples. Thangkas are a living tradition that depict Tibetan Buddhist culture, evoking its values, stories, and legends with most themes having a relevance to other cultures, such as orienting oneself and others with compassion, acting virtuously, and gaining in wisdom. Read More...