Dharmapala Thangka CentreSchool of Thangka Painting

Restauration / Conservation of Thangkas

Green Thangka

Before Conservation - The areas outlined in red mark the 'before - after' comparisons on the following detailed photos Before - After [1] Before - After [2] Before - After [3] Before - After [4] Before - After [5] Before - After [6] After Conservation

In former times the picture with the illustration of a Green Tara was sewed to a brocade frame as rests of stiches prove. It shows heavy traces of usage from rolling and unrolling, especially folds and cracks in the paint layer and the fabric, a tabby woven cotton.

Particularly in the upper area a lot of parts of the base fabric are already chipped out and holes developed. The right detail shows the repaired part.

On the total surface area you see water stains, probably from rain, as well as abrasion

The back was plastered with small patches of white adhesive tape. The adhesive was strong adherent, white, thick and insoluble in water; maybe a vinyl-adhesive.

These old repairs could be taken off with solvents. The backing of the fragile picture part took place in three steps: