|Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
|Rubin Museum of Art
The great monasteries of Tibet all possessed giant silk applique thangkas. Known as "gos.sKu" (pronounced Ki-gu) which in Tibetan simply means "satin-image", these massive banners were used for worship and public display. Due their spiritual significance, intricate design, as well as their sheer size, these works of art are of the most impressive treasures of Tibetan Buddhist culture. They are constructed using a wide array heavy brocades, usually of silk or satin, and are sewn together using the applique technique. These thangkas were usually only displayed on certain holy days, with people coming from miles away to see them.
-Monty McKeever 5/07