A thangka, variously spelt as thangka, tangka, thanka, or tanka, is a Tibetan Buddhist painting on cotton, silk appliqué, usually depicting a Buddhist deity, scene, or mandala.
Thangkas are traditionally kept unframed and rolled up when not on display, mounted on a textile backing somewhat in the style of Chinese scroll paintings, with a further silk cover on the front.
So treated, thangkas can last a long time, but because of their delicate nature, .
Tibetan Buddhism, in the form of Vajrayana ritual, provides a critical set of techniques for dealing with everyday life.
Tibetans came to see these techniques as vital for their prosperity in this life.
Tibetan Buddhism rituals are generally more elaborate than in other forms of Buddhism, with complex altar arrangements and works of art (such as mandalas and thangkas), many ritual objects, hand gestures (mudra), chants, and musical instruments.
A special kind of ritual called an .
Applique Thangkas is Known as göchen thangka in Tibet. The Huns of Central Asia were the first to use applique to decorate saddle blankets. It traveled eastward along the Silk Road, and Tibetans accepted it as a holy art form.
Fabric thangkas were created in the 15th century utilizing an indigenous applique method. These thangkas, which are lavishly embroidered and appliqued, immediately became popular in Tibet.
Because of its excellent quality materials, durability, suppleness, and potential .
The appliquethangka of vajrapani is created using hundreds of hand-cut and embroidered pieces of satin and brocadesilk, stitched together with Mongolian horsetail.
This applique is handmade by following traditional methods of strictly adhering to the proportions of deities as they are laid down in Buddhist scripture.
About the Applique
Vajrapani is revered as the embodiment of power and the keeper of the Buddha's tantricteachings. He was given the mission of vanquishing a monster known .