White Tara – a Silk Art Quilt (part 2)

November 2, 2008

Life is strange sometimes. Why did I chose to talk about the goddess Tara? Should I need her now? Perhaps. My mother was brought into the stroke unit of the university hospital 2 days ago and although she seems to be stable and in very good hands I am very much worrying about her. One week ago she was still full of life and had plans to do something for her health and now this. Just from one day to another. Life IS strange.

And while I try to get over my worries and do my best to be strong and wait for the day where I can go and talk to her again – at the moment she wouldn’t even recognize me – I continue to talk about this goddess and the image I created of her. Work is the best to be busy with in these situations. This keeps the thoughts focussed and in order and the energy flowing which is needed so very much by her.

The second theme of this quilt is the lotus flower. I wished I could send my Mom now one of these beautiful buds. Lotus is a symbol of purity and has healing powers.

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“In Buddhist symbolism the lotus represents purity of body, speech, and mind, as if floating above the muddy waters of attachment and desire. The Buddha is often depicted sitting on a giant lotus leaf or blossom. According to legend, he was born with the ability to walk and everywhere he stepped, lotus flowers bloomed” (Wikipedia)

The Sacred Lotus is one of the world’s most celebrated flowers. All parts of the Sacred Lotus are used for their astringent, cardiotonic, febrifuge, hypotensive, resolvent, stomachic, styptic, tonic and vasodilator, cancer, and miscellany healing properties. Lotus flowers, pods, or petals are most commonly used, while the flower stamens are reported to be the most potent part of the plant. (tryptamind.com)

“The Lotus (padma) is a very important symbol in India and of Buddhism. It refers to the complete purification of body, speech and mind, and the blossoming of wholesome deeds in liberation. The lotus refers to many aspects of the path, as it grows from the mud (samsara), up through muddy water it appears clean on the surface (purification), and finally produces a beautiful flower (enlightenment). The white blossom represents purity, the stem stands for the practice of Buddhist teachings which raise the mind above the (mud of) worldly existence, and gives rise to purity of mind.
An open blossom signifies full enlightenment; a closed blossom signifies the potential for enlightenment. “(Buddhist Symbols)

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In normal life we all know about the lotus effect. Surfaces which are covered by nano technology – the lotus surface – stay clean. So even in this profane environment the Lotus symbolizes purity.

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While the image of the goddess Tara was adorned with jewellery and lotus buds and blossoms allover, her skirts additionally were embellished with tiny beads. The patterns on her skirts were hand painted with metallic pigments. You can see this in detail on the photos below.

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2 Responses to “White Tara – a Silk Art Quilt (part 2)”

  1. Deborah Paris Says:

    Petra- I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s illness. I know how difficult that is. Go be with her- it will give you both strength and comfort.


  2. Very sorry to hear about your mother. Will give a prayer for her and you. I understand why at times liek this you through yourself into your work. And the work you have done is simply outstanding and beautiful.
    I wish you all the best for your future.


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