Designing in China today; from primary school to professional


A Thangka, also known as Tangka, Thanka or Tanka, is a painted or embroidered Buddhist banner which is traditionally hung in a monastery or a family altar and is occasionally carried by monks in ceremonial processions. In the Tibetan language, the word thang means flat, and thus the Thangka is a kind of painting done on flat surface that can be rolled up when not required for display, sometimes called a scroll painting. The most common shape of a Thangka is the upright rectangular form. It is a special art form shared only by the few ethnic groups that are strongly influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. There are five major types of fabrics used in Thangka, including embroidered Thangka, brocaded Thangka, Kesi Thangka, piled embroidered Thangka, and pearl Thangka. These types of Thangka have recently been greatly influenced by the dyeing and weaving arts in China.
Thangka banners come from this region»

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