This work was created while studying Buddhism at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in Katmandu, Nepal. The prayer flags used for this work were ones that had already served their purpose and were going to be burned as is custom. In this instance though, they were donated to me for the purpose of creating this textile piece. The structure is created from only the flags with no additional fabric used. Most of the flags were old and fragile, and the work was constructed through weeks of hand-stitching. In total over 1,600 prayer flags were incorporated.
The final textile piece was exhibited as part of a collaborative video at the Hampden Galleries in Amherst, MA as part of the TransCultural Exchange symposium in 2011.
To see this work incorporated into a Butoh dance performance go to the Projects page of this website, and find it listed under Ima Tenko/Kiraza.