White Tara Thangka (Finished finally!)

8 08 2015

Started: October 10, 2010

Finished: August 4, 2015

Number of hours: 558 hours

Techniques: Tambourwork, Ajour embroidery, surface embroidery

Materials: cotton evenweave fabric, Husi silk fabric, silk and  rayon threads, metallic and polyester threads, cotton threads

Dimensions: 68 cm wide x 88 cm high

The White Tara embroidered thangka’s main design is based on a work by Tibetan thangka painting master Migmar Tsering. I mainly used the Handbook of Tibetan Buddhist Symbols by Robert Beer for the details and meanings.

Embroidered Thangka

Embroidered Thangka

More details and close-ups:

with sisha glass

The eight auspicious substances

The lotus flower

The right hand giving the boon-granting mudra, the left hand the mudra of giving refuge.

The White Tara holds a lotus, which grows from the dark murky lakes but remains pure.

The White Tara holds a lotus, which grows from the dark murky lakes but remains pure.

The red sun symbolizes the feminine aspect of wisdom, while the white moon represents the male aspect of method or compassion.

The red sun symbolizes the feminine aspect of wisdom, while the white moon represents the male aspect of method or compassion.

For those interested to see the back part.

For those interested to see the back part.

Selfie on sisha glass

Selfie on sisha glass

I am not Tibetan, nor am I a practicing Buddhist, but I read texts on Buddhist philosophy and way of life.

I wonder what unfinished project will be completed next.  ^_^


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9 responses

8 08 2015
Magpie Stitcher

Wow, that is magnificent!
Thanks especially for showing the back; I’m really impressed with how “clean” it is!

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9 08 2015
Vincent Valiente

Thank you!

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9 08 2015
lucyannluna

It’s beautiful

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9 08 2015
Vincent Valiente

Thank you!

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9 08 2015
Tenar

Dear Vincent, Congrats for this finish and I’m happy to see you are still stitching. It looks great, both the picture as a whole and your stitches.

May I ask which Polyester threads you used? I never dare to use manmade fiber for beautiful, ime-consuming pieces because I fear they will disintegrate with time. A piece like your Tara should become a family hairloom, or failing that a piece of museum art.

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9 08 2015
Vincent Valiente

Actually, according to this site “polyester fiber” is stronger than natural fibers: https://www.anniescatalog.com/pages/thread.html
And because of this, over time it might break the weaker natural fibers, if combined together, just as I did with this piece.
Anyway, thank you for your compliments. I hope to make even better pieces in the future, despite my busy studies.

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9 08 2015
Artnunymiss

That is truly phenomenal.

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9 08 2015
Vincent Valiente

Thank you!

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9 08 2015
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