Thangka making is a devotional and spiritual art form
The Thangka workshops are by special request, please contact us.
Make your own silk thangka! Its good spiritual exercise and great fun.
We show you how, and guide you along the way.
With every stitch and colour, you capture the deep spiritual awareness found in the temples.
Thangkas are scroll paintings, framed in rich colorful materials. Your thangka has Bodhisattva printed on silk; you choose materials and colours to frame it. Training provided, anyone can do it - even guys!
Size 24 x 42 cm , rolls-up for protection and easy travel. You will be making your own, with all-Cambodian materials.
This size is ideal for home altars, home wall decoration and of course as a gift. Traditionally, people would travel with their thangkas in order to do puja, worship, wherever they may find themselves. Excellent for your guest house room, a great travel companion.
- How long does it take: 3 hours minimum
- When: By special request
- Where: Siem Reap Wayist Center, see map and contact details
- Cost: $30 all included
Handmade thankas of this size and quality materials sell in Dharmsala, Tibet and Nepal for $80 to $120 at stores. We have a small inventory of travel thankas for sale at the center for $20.
Thanka making workshop Siem Reap
Choose from authentic Cambodian materials
We help you every step of the way to make your own spiritual tanka
Bodhisattvas depicted in Bayon and Angkor Wat
Authentic thangkas are veiled
Handmade thanka at Seam Reap Wayist Centre for Spirituality
Beautiful hand made travel thanka. Made in one session by someone who had never done it before
Travel thankas roll up small
Never be without your thanka. Travel thankas roll up small for easy travel. Make it in Cambodia, Seam Reap, use it on your travels.
ta daa! two novices, great success
Its easy enough, even a man can do it;)
More about Thangkas
This word has many different spellings. You will see it spelled thangka, tanka, thanka, tanghka, and more. There is no correct spelling. For the sake of search engine co-operation, we use all the spellings, thanks for understanding.
A thangka is a painting on cotton or silk applique, usually depicting a deity, spiritual scene, or mandala, surrounded by layerers of a thicker material frame.
But is meaning is best understood in a reverse explanation. A thangka intends to create a three dimensional effect of a window, the frame of which is made of layers of heavy material. We look through the window at the supernatural world to gaze upon the spiritual scene playing itself out there.
Generally, thangkas last a very long time and retain much of their lustre, but because of their delicate nature, they have to be kept in dry places where moisture will not affect the quality of the silk. It is sometimes called a scroll-painting. Recently a mr. Lui paid $45 million for a thanka. Budget in the range of $500 when shopping for low-medium quality tankas in Kathmandu and Dharmsala, if $45million is the sky, then the sky is literally the limit.
The "frame" of the tanka is a window. It is of thicker, often embroidered material and therefore stands away from the silk painting. The effect is that of a this-worldly window through which one looks to gaze upon the other-worldly spiritual scene, or deity.