Creating Buddhas: THE MAKING AND MEANING OF FABRIC THANGKAS
ART ON SCREEN PRESENTS DIRECTOR ISADORA GABRIELLE LEIDENFROST IN PERSON!
CREATING BUDDHAS: THE MAKING AND MEANING OF FABRIC THANGKAS is the story of a western woman who became a fabric thangka maker. Now, with great love and devotion, she is bringing the gift of fabric thangka 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 also explores Leslie’s life-changing journey of discovering fabric thangka, her apprenticeship in Dharmasala, India, the step-by-step by process of producing a fabric thangka, and the history and spiritual importance in Tibetan Buddhism. Through this film, we see her produce a thangka of the female Buddha Tara. In a sense, Leslie is like Tara. She became a master of a male tradition and we see fabric thangka through feminine eyes.
DIrector Isadora Gabrielle Leidenfrost. 60 mins, NR
This film is presented with support from the Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations at Amherst College and in partnership with the Asian Arts & Culture Program, Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts Amherst.