This truly 'one-of-a-kind' piece of art is handmade by a Tibetan artist named Pasang in Kathmandu. The textile used in this unique piece is sheep wool that come from various pangden (Tibetan aprons) which date back to at least 60 to 200+ years. These woollen textiles (old discarded pangden) have been handpicked from the ground, transformed, and reborn by stitching them together into this beautiful and unique patchwork design.
There is no other piece like this in the world - this cannot be emphasised enough! Each square piece of pangden comes from a different region in Tibet, from which can be found a rich history in itself. Intertwining hundreds of these pieces together creates layer upon layer of stories, tradition, heritage, ancient Tibetan spinning and weaving techniques, and literally lifetimes lived - all of this interwoven into this one piece of art.
1-5 years waiting for the material and the color combination.
60 days of stitching the pieces together at 8 hours per day.
The textiles from the Tibetan aprons for this piece are found from across Tibet and the capital Lhasa. The natural dye used for the colours are:
Saffron for yellow color
Indigo for blue color
Madder for red color
The white color is the wool's natural color
Lotus, Phurba and Dorje in Buddhist symbology?
The lotus: The meaning of a lotus in Buddhism is used as an analogy in how it merges from the 'mud of our confusion', symbolising how we can awaken to our innate wisdom and compassion - as a fully blossomed lotus flower.
The phurba: Is a triple-bladed ritual dagger that is used in highest yoga tantra practices, symbolising the ability to cut through the delusions of our mind. To learn more click here.
The Dorje: The dorje (in Tibetan), also known as vajra (in Sanskrit) means 'the hard ' or 'mighty one', represents the indestructible and 'hard' and brilliant nature of a diamond that cannot be destroyed, cut or broken.
Because of the Lockdown situation in Kathmandu, shipping prices are higher than normal. It is impossible to get a fixed rate as everything is constantly changing week-to-week and even sometimes day-to-day. Shipping by courier (DHL, FedEx, etc) will cost extra. The item will be shipped by courier to your front door and you will be given a tracking number upon shipment. Insurance is also available for 1% of the item's value.