Supporting Local Artists and Tibetan Refugees

All of our Thangkas are hand picked for their beauty and painted by Tibetan refugee artists living in Northern India. The artistry and knowledge is traditionally passed down through the family creating generations of artists. Each painting can take days, weeks or even months to complete depending on the level of detail. Some contain real gold, silver, natural stone and plant derived paints. Naggar Valley’s selection of Thangkas are available unframed or framed tastefully behind glass to protect them. We can offer a huge selection of beautiful hand made bespoke frames, please contact us for further details and prices.

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Nagger Valley is supporting Lha, a NGO charity based in Northern India which supports Tibetan refugees starting a new life in India. From education to healthcare to social needs Lha provides a full spectrum of services to help displaced Tibetans. 10% of all profits from Naggar Valley Thangka sales are donated to Lha. We buy directly from Tibetan refugee families and pay them fair prices for their art works. We do not believe in haggling them down to the cheapest price as we understand the skill, artistry and hours they dedicate creating each individual piece.

What is a Thangka Painting?

The Thangka is a traditional Tibetan Buddhist scroll painting on cotton or silk appliqué. They are distinctively Tibetan and possess a unique art style of their own. Tibetans have always considered the Thangka a treasure of tremendous value.

Thangkas serve as important teaching tools depicting the life of the Buddha, various influential lamas, deities, bodhisattvas and mandalas. They often have elaborate and intricate compositions including many very small figures. A central deity is often surrounded by other identified figures in a symmetrical composition.

The literal translation of the Tibetan word Thangka means recorded message. Thangkas communicate a message serving as a tool for teaching and as an aid to meditation through the visualisation of the deity. Originally lamas and monks used scroll paintings to instruct the Buddhist Dharma teachings. These paintings were easily transported and unrolled to suit the needs of the mainly nomadic population. The lama would go to a village, unroll a Thangka and use it to illustrate their tales on Buddhist philosophy when narrating before an audience.

Whether you are a practising Buddhist, a yogi or are just in awe of this wonderful art form, owning a Thangka will certainly bring a spiritual beauty to your home or workplace.

 

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