thatchers

How did your thatcher ancestor work?   Old practices from the modern world….  

South Africa, 2017

In South Africa, the materials used for thatching are locally sourced – here,  local grasses.

thatching uses local material. © Adèle Emm

Health and safety considerations are minimal. 

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The thatcher at the bottom left throws the straw to the man at the top who    places the thatch into position

 

Vietnam, 2016 

Thatchers use local materials for the roof. In Vietnam, thatched roofs are generally made of coconut palms and bamboo/

Thatchers use local materials for the roof. In Vietnam, thatched roofs are generally made of coconut palms and bamboo. © Adèle Emm

local materials

Houses were roofed by some sort of thatch as soon as mankind left the cave.  And what did we use?  The nearest material we had to hand; reeds, straw, twigs and leaves.

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.

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Even beehives can be thatched. © Adèle Emm

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.

In the Mekong Delta, family firms pre-construct the roofs and transport them to the location by boat.

In the Mekong Delta, family firms pre-construct the roofs and transport them to the location by boat. © Adèle Emm

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