Thangka Images, History and Conservation
Earthquake, fire, flood, armed conflict and political upheaval threaten Buddhist sacred art in monasteries. At Treasure Caretaker Trainings Buddhist monks and nuns learn how to protect and preserve the sacred art in their monastery collections. Donations cover scholarships for the nuns and monks.
Contemporary Thangkas and Artwork Inspired by the Thangka Form
Two artists, Leslie Nguyen Temple and Terris Nguyen Temple, are trained in Tibetan paint and appliqué techniques. Their work can be viewed at their website, Tibet Color.
Norbulingka is an institute in Nepal dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan arts and culture.
Seeking Shambhala was a Museum of Fine Arts Boston exhibition inspired by thangkas. The show included ancient thangkas and contemporary works by two artists – one from Tibet and one from Japan.
English paper piecing is a traditional patchwork method, which involves wrapping fabric over paper shapes to create exacting geometric patterns.
How to Drape a Thangka Cover with text and photos provided by Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo.