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.A good activity for something to do in Siem Reap is to take a thanka /tanka making workshop

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.

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.

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