|April 5th 2012||Film/Video|
|Title||"Creating Buddhas: The Making and Meaning of Fabric Thangkas"|
The Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations at Amherst College and Amherst Cinema, in partnership with the Asian Arts & Culture Program at the Fine Arts Center of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, are happy to announce the documentary "Creating Buddhas: The Making and Meaning of Fabric Thangkas," which will be shown on April 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Amherst Cinema, with a Q&A with director Isabella Leidenfrost. "Creating Buddhas" is the story of a Western woman who became a maker of fabric thangkas. Now, with great love and devotion, she is bringing the gift of fabric thangkas to our culture. Fabric thangka is a silk embroidered and appliquéd art form in Tibetan Buddhism and is also known as applique thangka, brocade thangka and silk thangka. Fabric thangka is so rare that in some places it is only seen once a year, and then for only for a few hours. Trained in Dharamsala, India, for nine years, Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo is one of the few female thangka makers in the world and one of the only fabric thangka makers in the West. This film explores Leslie’s life-changing journey of discovering fabric thangka, her apprenticeship in Dharmasala, the step-by-step by process of producing a fabric thangka and the history and spiritual importance of the art form in Tibetan Buddhism.
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