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Materials and methods - Thangkas

Paints and canvas
The artists collect the minerals and herbs themselves, and make their paints following the ancient methods. This makes the colors very durable. Better works have much gold paint. Real gold is used for the paint.

The canvases are made of cotton, primed very even, but not too stiff, so the paintings can be scrolled.

Some rare and very fine thangkas are painted on a layer of gold covering the whole canvas. The artist can then use the point of a crystal to carve ornaments directly to the golden surface. This requires very good skills, because nothing can be repaired or painted over later.

We are using the finest Indian brocade to frame some thangkas in the old Tibetan way, choosing from 20 different designs.



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