Friday, January 30, 2009

Thangka Painters in Nepal is an online retailer of thangka paintings. Nevertheless, the site features an interesting essay on the life of an average Nepali thangka painter, a fairly grim portrait of a life of subsistence.

For myself, I know few such painters. You may recall the bit of temple painting I did in the hills outside Kathmandu. This was a Tamang community, among which were a number of painters, including my good friend Jiwan. His father runs a studio in Bhaktapur and seems to have done a little better than the average Tamang depicted in the essay.

You can read the full article here.



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