Located in the scenic town of Dharmsala, Norbulingka institute was set up to preserve the Tibetan art and culture. It also serves as an Educational Institute for a lot of Tibetans who are refuges in India. The institution offers a variety of courses. Sculpture, Tangka painting, applique Tangka, woodwork and weaving. The place isn’t just for Tibetans. Anybody interested in learning the ancient art can stay here, in there guesthouse for a fee and pick up the skills that interests them.
Weaving in progress, heavy machines used for fabric weaving
Woodwork like carpentry, wood carving and wood painting are all taught here.
My favorite bit was the Tankga making. Both forms of Tankga, painting and the applique tangka were absolutely gorgeous. The whole process is painfully long, intricate and requires a lot of patience to learn and make. If some day I have 3 whole months to spare this is something I would learn for sure.