Tuesday, November 30, 2010

'Katina pinkama', Napawala, Sri Lanka.

 The 'Katina Pinkama' is a festival where the Buddhist priests come out of their retreat designated for rainy days. It is celebrated in Sri Lanka in wherever Buddhist priests are resident. A white cloth is cut according to certain prescribed rules. The cloth is then stitched and is subsequently dyed in a trough using natural dyes. The first picture shows the marking and cutting of the white cloth. The second picture shows the trough used for the dyeing of the cloth after stitching. I took these pictures at an 'Aranya' - forest monastery, in Napawala, Sri Lanka.