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Tibet boosts the development of thangka industry

Publish Time: 2017-09-13 Author: From: VTIBET.com

In a Thangka painting, not only the main character, but also every single detail was drawn vividly. [Photo/Tibet.cn]

Thangka painting is an amalgamation of both art and faith, where the artist paints with precision, a steady hand, an eye for detail and an unshakable belief in Buddhist teachings.

Thangka craftsmen have faithfully re-created Tibetan religious icons for generations, passing down the art from masters to apprentices in a heritage chain that still keeps tight links today.

With high artistic value and unique painting style, thangka artwork is the epitome of traditional Tibetan folk culture. People can better understand Tibetan history and culture by viewing and enjoying thangka. So far, Tibetan thangka has different schools of paintings such as Manthang School, Karma Gardri School, Chintse School, Regong School and so on.

The creation of a Thangka piece is like a journey of self-cultivation. First of all, a painter will commonly choose linen cloth or cotton fabric as painting material, he or she will then stitch the material's edges with flax thread and stretch it on a specially made wooden frame.

Secondly, the painter will spread a paste made of animal glue mixed with talcum powder over its surface to block up the holes in it. When the paste is scraped off and the cloth gets thoroughly dried, the material is ready for painting.

Thirdly, the artist works out the sketches of the images with charcoal sticks. The drawing usually begins with the figure in the centre and then goes to the surrounding deities or landscape. Colouring comes last. And after the painting is done, it is mounted on a brocaded silk border.

In a Thangka painting, not only the main character, but also every single detail was drawn vividly. [Photo/Tibet.cn]

Editor: Tenzin Woebom

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