Ratna’s Shop: The Sacred Art of Nepal

Kathmandu’s Durbar Square is regarded by many to be the heart of Kathmandu Valley. The craftsmanship of the Newars has been appreciated for centuries and many would argue that the Buddhist art of Thangka was born here in Kathmandu.

The sacred paintings of Nepal–thangkas, mandalas, and paubas–can be found piled high in the tiny shops that line the side streets of Kathmandu’s ancient royal squares, but wading through this complex world can be daunting.

Kumari Thangkas, owned and operated by Mr.Ratna Kazi Shakya, is one part gallery and one part classroom.  Enter Ratna’s shop and have a cup of tea with one of the region’s authorities on Thangka traditions and practices.

Heading to Nepal for an upcoming expedition?  Be sure to drop by and see Ratna.

Learn more at http://www.kumarithangkas.com

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