Thangka is a vibrant painting on cloth, and can be rolled up. It invariably has vertical images, usually painted on cotton or linen, and rarely, silk. Thangkas first appeared in Tibet in the seventh and eighth centuries. Given the close ties Spiti, Lahaul and Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh have had with Tibet, these images soon appeared in Himachal's monasteries too.
Weaves of Kullu
The winter months of the Kulu valley are a busy time for the households when almost every home is involved in the weaving process of the traditional Kullu shawl. The woolen shawls and pattus of Kulu are striking with the center spread of the shawl being a natural white or cream, while the borders have geometric or floral designs woven in brightly colored woolen yarn.