China Pictorial (English)

How to Make a Thangka?


Traditiona­l thangka drawing has strict requiremen­ts and extremely complicate­d procedures. It must be carried out in accordance with scriptures and the requiremen­ts of a guru. There is a complete set of processes such as pre-painting rituals, canvas making, drafting, coloring and dyeing, outline drawing and shaping, and gold and silver laying. It takes a long time to make a thangka painting, ranging from six months to even a decade.

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