Rough sketches are drawn on gelatin paper.
From the gelatin paper the design is traced on the cotton cloth (canvas).
Systematic lines are painted to make the eyes arms and legs of the figure in the painting.
It takes 15 to 20 days to finish a medium sized painting.
The painting is made by skilled and proficient artisans.
Thangka painting depicting Mahakala.
Painting of lord Buddha with his followers.
The paintings are covered using red and yellow cloth, which symbolizes of Gods wearand also paintings used as hall hangings in homes and monastery.
The main colors used for making the thangka paintings are red, white, blue green and yellow.
Green colour is used majorly as it indicates the nature and active compassion of the Goddess.
Finished thangka painting depicting Grren Thara.
A wooden box painted with thangka painting.
Thangka is derived from the Tibetan word 'than' which means flat and 'ka' means painting (according to the book “Art of Tibetan Painting” referred by artisans in Bylakuppe) which is one of the traditional paintings originated from Nepalese art form exported to Tibet that is practiced in Bylakuppe as well. Thangka is a complex three-dimensional object consisting of a picture panel which is painted or embroidered on silk or cotton textile. To make a thangka painting, the painter should have precise knowledge of the measurements and proportions of each deity as established by Buddhist iconography.
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