more than meets the eye

Whilst we await some structural adjustments to the gyalpo, Shashi and Chakra Dhoj Tulachan have diverted their attention from painting the gyalpo frescoes to working on new thangkas.

The thangkas are painted on cloth which have been coated with layers of cow hide glue and fine clay, whilst tied taut over a wooden frame.

As with all religious buddhist art the images follow stritc rules of geometry and proportion, which are wiped away once the final image is inked in. Shashi uses a chalk line to mark the diagonal lines which locate the centre of the cloth. The vertical and horzontal grids are different for each figure .

One is fully drawn and now requires painting and the second still has some sketches to finish off.

thangka palace

commission 1

Commissions for thangkas are welcome, and proceeds go towards the running of the gompa.

Let us know your preferred size and design, number of figures or price range and we will try to accomodate your request.

Completed thangkas can be collected from Chhairo, Kathmandu or courriered to you at cost price.

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