When a Sidetrack Becomes Your Life Path: An American Woman's Journey into Tibetan Buddhist Textile Art
Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo, a California girl who bought a one-way ticket to India and landed in a Tibetan sewing workshop next door to the Dalai Lama, became one of few non-Tibetans to master the Buddhist art of silk appliqué thangka. Trained by two of the finest living Tibetan appliqué artists, Leslie learned to stitch bits of silk into elaborate figurative mosaics that bring the transformative images of Buddhist meditation to life.
She teaches women around the globe through her Stitching Buddhas virtual apprentice program, an online hands-on course bridging East and West, traditional and contemporary. After two decades abroad, Leslie returned to southern California where she now lives with three cats and enough fabric to last several lifetimes, but never enough for the next project.
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