The name Sakyadhita means “Daughter of the Buddha.” Sakyadhita International was formed in 1987 at the conclusion of the first international gathering of Buddhist women held in Bodhgaya, India. Working at the grassroots level, Sakyadhita provides a communications network among Buddhist women internationally. Sakyadhita members work to empower the world’s 300 million Buddhist women to work for peace and social justice through local branches, content offered free of charge online, and through biannual conferences.

In 2015, the 14th Sakyadhita Conference was held at Sambi Resort, located in the highlands on the outskirts of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Kala & Makara was delighted to be approached to assist with the design of T-Shirts for the conference’s 1000 participants.

Working with Venerable Karma Tsomo Lekshe, one of Sakyadhita’s founding members, the design was created as a circle divided into three parts. The top third of the circle represents a silhouette of Borobodur, the world’s largest Buddhist temple and Yogyakarta’s famous tourist site.

The middle third of the circle reflects the Sakyadhita logo surrounded by a batik pattern (taken from a photograph provided by Venerable Lekshe). Batik is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth, or cloth made using this technique. Indonesia is famous for this type of technique and each region of the country has it’s own unique design.

The bottom third of the circle comprises of the Conference topic and the place and date of the conference.

The design was presented in three different colours; peach (pictured), lavender and teal and applied to t-shirts of the same colours.