Due to the high prices of antique Thangkas you fill find a lot of faked scroll paintings on asian art auctions. Among other things a special smoke technique is used to receive an artificial old impression. For that purpose the paintings were smoked with a mixture of saw dust [wood] and bones. Doing this it is not possible to get an constant colouring of the surface. Furthermore the so faked Thangkas are easily identified because they got an intensive smell of smoke for a long time.
It goes without saying that the artists of Dharmapala Thangka Center do not fake any Thangka, but they have developed the technique of smoking and today every customer who likes an antique image of his ordered Thangka has the opportunity to choose between light, medium or strong intensity of smoke coloring, which will change the surface evenly without any spots or irregulaties. After this treatment the Thangka gets a fine smooth antique character. The contrast of all colors becomes lower and a fine smoke tone predominates.
In this special process the Thangka is given in a box for twelve up to forty eight hours [due to the intended intensity]. The smoke is created only by hundreds of incenses, which avoids the strong smoke smell of the standard saw dust and bone process.
The first photo you see above shows an Milarepa Thangka before and after the smoking process. In the case the selected intensity was strong. Please consider that the photo may not represent the excellent quality of the result of the smoking proces. The second photo shows a comparisation of a small Cintamani Tsagli unsmoked and smoked.