07 March 2011

Arapacana Mantra monogram and eternal knot

The monogram in the centre is the letters a ra pa ca na (अ र प च न) in the Lansta script woven together. This is the mantra of perfect wisdom, and also the first five letters of the Gāndhārī alphabet.

I should say that the braiding is inspired by the weaving of the Māori in New Zealand - I grew up there and learned how to do this with paper and NZ flax (Phormium tenax).