The richness and variety of Himalayan art applies to many parts of a sculpture, including the hem of a buddha’s garment(s). It may have two rows of thick flat beading.
Or a small row of geometrical incisions between plain piping.
This robe has a broad hem with an incised and stippled geometrical motif between plain borders. The plain edge of the lower garment shows below, over the right ankle.
On early Tibetan works, the sanghati often has a copper-inlaid hem. This one only has copper on the upper part.
The simplest hem consists in a small raised border to delimitate the outer and under garments.
This sanghati is decorated with an incised pattern that recalls the rice grain motif from Nepalese works, between two rows of beading. The vest and lower garment also have a beaded hem.
On this masterpiece, the hem of the outer garment comprises two rows of tiny copper beading while the inner garments have plain piping. This buddha has well defined snail-like haircurls, a striped robe softly pleated over his left shoulder and loosely gathered over his legs, the end gathered in a fan shape under his ankles.