Kashmiri life | Thangka Paintings of Ladakh

The Famous Thangka Paintings of Ladakh

While wandering in Ladakh, have you ever come across the Thangka paintings in the region? Ladakh, which has numerous names also has a rich art and culture. The lonely planet or the cold dessert comprises of the majority of Buddhist population. The place is mostly crowded with Tibetan Buddhists and monks who are peacefully living their lives in one of the most unexplored places of India. Among the other unique handicrafts of Leh-Ladakh, the famous Thangka paintings are the most antique in nature.

Kashmiri life | Thangka Paintings of Ladakh

Thangka paintings depict the teachings of Lord Buddha:

This beautiful Thangka painting is embroidered on cotton or silk applique that depicts the Buddhists deity in form of a scene or story. Thangka paintings in Ladakh last till a long span of time but need to be kept in dry places so that the moisture doesn’t affect the quality of the silk.

Earlier These paintings in Ladakh were only embroidered but today, these are also painted with colors. Typical thangka paintings are usually small about 20-50 meters high but during festivals in Ladakh, these paintings are giant with much higher painted area.

Kashmiri life | Thangka Paintings of Ladakh

The walls of the monasteries in Ladakh are colored with Thangkas:

There are many historic monasteries in Ladakh which are called Gompas in the local language. The Thangka paintings makes the architecture of these monasteries so beautiful and unique in nature that it attracts tourists from worldwide. The walls, gates, and interior of these old monasteries are colored with beautiful Thangka paintings. Specifically the paintings on the wall are called Devdis paintings.

Thangka painting is mainly done on clothes whereas are Devdis are captured on walls. The Thiksay Monastery located on top of a hill approximately of Leh in Ladakh at an altitude of 3,600 meters (11,800 ft.) is a twelve-story complex and consist of many fine Thangka paintings.

Kashmiri life | Thangka Paintings of Ladakh

The Thangka paintings exemplify the art and craftsmanship of the Ladakhis living in Jammu and Kashmir. These paintings depicts a true sense of Kashmiri life in a Kashmiri way.

So, whenever you are in Ladakh, don’t forget to buy a native Thangka painting from one of the old and famous Tibetan refugee market situated on Leh road.

 

 

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