"The Empress" is a richly embroidered couture corset body, with extravagant spikey collar and hip-pieces.
It is made from rose coloured satin, with elaborate burgundy lace appliqué, antique gold synthetic leather cutwork, beading and Swarovski crystal decoration. The body has built in bra-cups and is closed with lacing down the entire backside.
The collar and hip pieces are made from sturdy thermoplast and are also decorated with Swarovski crystals and golden metal spikes. A detachable silk train can be added to the collar on request.
The monks will spend up to eight hours a day working together on one of their sandpaintings. The process starts with an opening ceremony and the consecration of work site.
Each work begins as a drawing, the outline of the mandala. Then, colored sand is poured from traditional metal funnels called chak-purs. Each monk holds a chak-pur in one hand, while running a metal rod on its grated surface; the vibration causes the sands to flow like liquid.
Once the sandpainting has been completed it is ceremoniously destroyed using a ritual vajra.
"The sands are swept up and placed in an urn; to fulfill the function of healing, half is distributed to the audience at the closing ceremony, while the remainder is carried to a nearby body of water, where it is deposited. The waters then carry the healing blessing to the ocean, and from there it spreads throughout the world for planetary healing."