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Film "Thangka"
Today's post is not about the progress of my paint. 
It's about a film. 
The title is "Thangka" ,,,,,of course.

An old thangka painter who followed his tradition all his life and try to pass it down to next generation.

The son who wants to find new way of thangka painting and conflict with his father.

And a young man with talent who the old painter believes as the reincarnation of his teacher.

I liked to see the scenes they paint thangkas and also it's interesting to see the relation between the teacher and his students.

All the students pose the brush and stand up as soon as the teacher appeared to the atelier(Open atelier!).
Students wait and listen the teacher's word very humbly.
Never talk back to the teacher.

Though each painter work their paint entirely from the beginning to the end in the film, I have seen many place in Nepal where they totally separate the work.

They work on several thangkas at the same time.
Some paint only the sky, or only apply the base color, some do the shading and other do the lining, etc.

In this way, they can reduce a lot of time to create thangkas and also each painter improve their skill greatly as they do always same work.

So that the thangka will be painted well and quickly, the factory's sales will increase.

But the problem of this system is that each painter will be a expert for only specific part. They will not be able to create fine thangka alone.
It's not so good system from the point of view of preserving the tradition.

There was an atelier in India where the system was better.

They also paint several thangkas at the same time with few painters.
But there, all the painters are enough skilled to paint whole thangka alone.
No one work on only specific part. Each painter will do any process needed at the moment.
Though the important part, like drawing or lining of the face were done by a master painter alone.

Go back to the subject, the film.

The language in the film is Tibetan and it's quite clear and with English sub, so it might be interesting for someone studying Tibetan language.

I enjoyed to see a story of thangka painting, beautiful scenery of Tibet and hearing Tibetan language. Just felt a sense of discomfort when I heard "Thangka painting is one of China's many folk art forms" at the end of the film.

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