Sikkim is a state of Northeast India, an old English colony that shares borders with China, Bhutan and Nepal. This is the place where the third highest mountain in the world named Kanchenjunga is, after Everest and K2. It gives a name to an impressive figurative collection of Nepalese inspiration, worked in a very particular way on 100% cotton base, mixing foral designs with images of tigers. Available in 2 colours: cream base with neutral colours and dark base with bright colours.
Sikkim, the cradle of Indian crafts
The state of Sikkim is famous for its dazzling beauty, and also for its art and craftsmanship. The cultural wealth of Sikkim is extraordinary, in fact the Government of Sikkim, in an effort to keep alive the arts and crafts, has established the Institute of Handicrafts and Handloom that helps to preserve and promote traditional art. From carpets, carved wooden furniture, or canvas tapestries, Sikkim crafts have a special charm. Let’s look at some of the older techniques.
Sikkimian rugs are probably the oldest carpet weaving in the world and are especially known to be hand-knotted. They are woven on fixed vertical looms that stand with the support of a wall. This art requires a high degree of concentration and is carried out mainly by the women of Sikkim. They are usually designed with colorful drawings of mythical birds, flowers like the lotus or snow lions. With them they cover walls, chairs, sofas, even beds.
The wood carving in Sikkim is a symbol of the true art of India. The Pemayangtse monastery is an extraordinary example of carved wooden sculptures and woodcarvings.
Thangka’s paintings are unique to the state of Sikkim. Originally, these paintings were made by priests and monks as a means to preach the highest ideals of Buddhism, as they were important teaching tools that showed scenes from the life of the Buddha, or even political and social.
They are a type of painting used by Buddhists to meditate. They depict images of different deities that help the meditator to visualize the Buddhist gods and goddesses clearly and to develop a close relationship with them.
The Thangkas are painted on cotton or silk and require a slow process of months or even several years to complete. All pigments come from mines or local plants, such as gold, silver, agate, ocher, saffron, blonde or rhubarb dissolved in water. The process is very methodical, and to create an authentic Thangka requires a deep understanding of religious symbolism, since it must be in accordance with the guidelines established in the Buddhist scriptures.