Sunday, January 4, 2009

Bamboo building

In the villages of Assam, bamboo building is common even today. The houses are detailed out to combat the heavy monsoons. The floor of the house is a bamboo weave that allows the water of a flood to flow in, rather than keep it out. This is an important principle of sustainable development. During this time, the inhabitants of the houses get into the canoe that every house stores in the stilt area below the bamboo floor. When the flood waters recede, the assamese people occupy their house again. The belongings are protected by putting them up on the bamboo loft. The roof of the house is built with local grass and can last upto 10 years before it is replaced again.

The houses shown here are from Dhuba Ati Gaon, a village about 30 km from Kaziranga, the wild life santuary in Assam well-known for its one-horned rhinoceros. The people in this village originally belonged to the Miri tribe from Agartala and chose to settle near the Brahmaputra river. Today, they are called the Mising community.

The bamboo weave makes both walls and floors breathe allowing a cross-ventilation all over. There is natural light that comes in from this weave as well.

The woven bamboo loft allows the clay pots and pans to be held easily.

An earth plastering is often done over a close-knit bamboo wall for further protection.

There are several innovative details to learn from in the assamese house.

The stilted part of the house is for protection against a gentle flood. It is for the canoe that belongs to the house and for the children of the village. Here is a link to : Crafts in Bazaars


Byggeservice said...

Great house although it was made of wood but it seems looks so nice for me. Thank you for sharing.

Varoon said...

Hey I was making a project on housing in Assam. So do you know any more blogs or web pages that could help me ??

Indian Bazaars said...

You could look at: