Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Torma, Torma, Torma: Revisited

All the Sculpey (or, alternatively, marzipan) in the world cannot equal "old skool" tormas from barley flour and butter. The examples above are from Sechen; the ones below, from I know not where (somewhere in India, most likely). You would think, after forty years or so, some publisher would have the sense to put out a really massive book on tormas, but it hasn't happened yet. Of interest: the highest quality polyresin tormas in the world today are being made in the Philippines, by the same people who are making anime figurines for the Japanese market.

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5 reader comments:

Anonymous said...

Please do tell who makes the polyresin tormas in the Philippines! Many thanks...

Chöpel said...

Yes please, let me join this, I'd like to know as well!

Thanks in advance!

Best wishes,

Chöpel

TENPA said...

The person who knows best is Lama Tharchin. They are making his tormas, and they are really quite splendid.

Anonymous said...

See http://rinchenbarwa.com for Lama Tharchin Rinpoche's incredible tormas.

CrypticFragments said...

very nice images...I had the good fortune to meet some monks in McleodGanj who were making "practice butter sculptures" (they told me) in a cafe...
I later found out they make most of the Torma for HH Dalai Lama Main Temple...