How did your thatcher ancestor work? Old practices from the modern world….
Houses were roofed by some sort of thatch as soon as mankind left the cave. And what did we use? The nearest material to hand; reeds, straw, twigs and leaves.
South Africa, 2017
In South Africa, the materials used for thatching are locally sourced – here, local grasses.
Health and safety considerations are minimal.
Providing a modern day example of an ancient practice, in Vietnam coconut palms is used to thatch roofs of houses and barns. I even saw a beehive thatched with coconut palm.
Some boats used strips of bamboos to provide shelter for the boatmen. In the Mekong Delta family firms pre-construct roofs (the modern idea of prefabrication) to size and transport the finished product to the location by boat.
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