Thara, 40, is one of the few female thanka painters in the Upper Mustang region. A thanka is a Tibetan silk painting with embroidery, usually depicting a Buddhist deity. Mrs Thara is learning that skill for when she gets older and explained that when you complete a thanka properly means that you are a good religious follower, while if you don't it means the opposite. It took her approximately one month to finish her first thanka, working 6 hours a day. Thara is a single woman and owns a hotel in Kagbeni.