The author will sign a book on the textile art of Tibet

SANTA BARBARA — Author Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo will read an excerpt from her book, “Threads of Awakening: An American Woman’s Journey into Tibet’s Sacred Textile Art,” at 6 p.m. Sept. 6 at Chaucer’s Books, 3321 State St., Santa Barbara.

For over 500 years, Tibetans have been creating sacred images from pieces of silk. Much rarer than paintings and carvings, these stitched cloth thangkas are among Tibet‘s finest works of art, according to a press release.

Ms. Rinchen-Wongmo studied this little-known textile art with two of its most brilliant living masters and allowed herself to discover where curiosity and devotion can lead. In this book, she reveals the unique stitches of an ancient sewing tradition, introduces the Buddhist deities she represents, and shares insight into the compassion, connectedness, and possibility they embody.

The book includes 49 color photos and a foreword by the Dalai Lama.

M/s. Rinchen Wongmo is a textile artist and guardian of a sacred Tibetan tradition of textile art. She is one of the few non-Tibetans to master the Buddhist art of applied thangka. She teaches women around the world through her virtual learning program Stitching Buddhas, a hands-on online course bridging East and West, traditional and contemporary.

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—Dave Mason