At this gathering, Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo will share her experience studying sacred Buddhist textile art among the Tibetan community in India. For more than 500 years, Tibetans have been creating sacred images from pieces of silk and using these textured maps to access the hidden treasure of their own true nature. Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo studied this ancient art form with two of its brightest living masters and is one of few non-Tibetans to have mastered it. Come see her extraordinary artwork and be inspired by her stories. Leslie’s new memoir, Threads of Awakening: An American Woman’s Journey into Tibet’s Sacred Textile Art, will be available for purchase and signing.
Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo is a textile artist, teacher, and author of Threads of Awakening: An American Woman’s Journey into Tibet’s Sacred Textile Art. A California girl who bought a one-way ticket to India and landed in a Tibetan sewing workshop next door to the Dalai Lama, she became one of few non-Tibetans to master the Buddhist art of silk appliqué thangka.
Her pieced-silk icons have been exhibited internationally and featured in magazines such as Spirituality & Health and Fiber Art Now and in the documentary, Creating Buddhas: The Making and Meaning of Fabric Thangkas. She teaches the craft to women around the globe through her Stitching Buddhas® virtual apprentice program, an online course bridging East and West, traditional and contemporary. After two decades abroad, Leslie returned to southern California where she now lives near the beach with three cats and enough fabric to last several lifetimes.