Association for Tibet

Association for Tibet

Association for Tibet is non-governance and non-profit association of citizens, with interest in Tibet, Tibet culture or theirs budhismus.  The fundamnental target of association is  to preserve traditional spiritual values of Tibet.   

An indigenous traditional culture of Tibet is now often the inspiration of the West, appealing counterpart of stressful consumerism, opposite the invocation of material values. Offering humility, compassion, calm the mind and prefers spiritual values.

However, Tibetans are now in a complicated situation. They deserve not only attention but also the support of the world; we are specialized in the cultural co-operation.

Tibet - whether understood ethnographical, academic study or historically - is now found not only under the authority of the People's Republic of China, but also encroaching on the territory of Bhutan, Nepal and India.

Zanskar and Ladakh region (called Little Tibet), sitauted north of the main Himalayan ridge,  is part of India, the state Jammu and Kashmir.                                                                              Residents of the area speak a dialect of Tibetan language (written Ladakhi is entirely consistent with the written Tibetian language), they are the same race as the people of central Tibet, they live the same way.

Ladakh is a good example of religious tolerance, in addition to Buddhists, Muslims live (mostly Kashmiris), Hindu (Indian soldiers and administrative officials). In Leh town (center of the upper valley of the Indus), several Buddhist buildings, a mosque, a Hindu shrines  and the Christian Church Missions of the Moravian Brothers, who have run the school there.

The Indian government provides religious freedom, but livelihoods are limited and the rescue conservation of sacral monuments has almost no funds. That is why we feel the need to engage in support of Ladakhis and their culture especially.

 



1st CONSERVATION WORKSHOP FOR WALL-PAINTINGS

 

27.8. – 11.9.2015, Hunder, NUBRA

 

Led by professors from Academy of Fine Art, Prague, Czech republic.

 

program : monuments care, conservation ethics, documentation, basic conservation, professional demonstration on Lhakhang Karpo paintings (fixation, filling, cleaning)

 

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Ass.for Tibet is ready to continue teaching of conservation in Ladakh also in next years. The program of next workshops will be based on the following document:

 

 

 

CONCEPTION FOR CONSERVATION OF MURALS

 

IN 3 SECTIONS:

 

-          DOCUMENTATION,

 

-          SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

 

-          CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION

 

 

 

The murals as artistic heritage are always an inseparable part of architecture.

 

Their conservation is always question of humidity and damp in buildings and architectonic structure.

 

 

 

1.DOCUMENTATION

 

Goals of the documentations:

 

- original painting technique

 

- reasons for degradation, state of the conservation

 

- record of the conservation treatment

 

- recommendation for preservation in the future

 

 

 

A. GRAPHIC DOCUMENTATION

 

- on based historical records ( photos, drawings ), or on modern drawings

 

- colour drawing indicates painting technique or the age of the original painting

 

- colours accurately identify deteriorations and the types of decay

 

- this process is contacted according to international standards

 

 

 

B. PHOTOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTATION

 

- images of whole mural and details

 

- direction of sources of light

 

- different kinds of invisible rays ( UV, IR )

 

 

 

C. TEXTUAL PART

 

- scheme of conservation

 

- original painting technique

 

- describe state of conservation and reasons for decay

 

- describe of conservation treatment

 

- description of the visual section of documentation

 

 

 

2. SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

 

Goals of the research:

 

- original concept of the paintings technique

 

- state of conservation, decay

 

- reason of deterioration

 

- history of murals, overpaintings, retouching, later changes of iconography

 

 

 

A. IN THE ARCHIVES, THEORETICAL INVESTIGATION

 

- study of iconography

 

- history of the painting, the building, the development and structure of specific  historical complex

 

- complex study of climatology und humidity in the building,

 

- structural state of the building

 

 

 

B. NONINVASIVE RESEARCH

 

- photography under different light conditions

 

- macrophotography

 

 

 

- photography under invisible rays ( ultraviolet, infrared )

 

- portable stereomicroscope and another methods XRF

 

 

 

C. SAMPLES

 

- taken samples for the laboratory research reveal the inner structure of materials

 

- microscopic observation discovers stratigraphy, pigments

 

- binding mediums and pigments can be determinated by further analytics methods

 

 

 

3. CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION

 

Goals of the conservation:

 

- aesthetical consolidation of paintings

 

- inner stabilization of material structure

 

- maximal preservation and deceleration of the ageing process of cultural heritage

 

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 CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER

 

- documentation and research

 

- stabilization of the building (basement, roof, wall )

 

- protection and stabilization in relation to climate factors

 

- preservation against humidity

 

- ventilation

 

- stabilization of murals – internal and superficial

 

- cleaning – mechanical, chemical and water based

 

- filling 

 

- retouching, reconstruction

 

- final fixation

 

- conservation report, presentation, publication

 

- recommendation for preservation in the future

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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