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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Photos of thatched Indian Huts from the Chennai area

These are images of thatched huts in India. The pictures are of actual huts where poor people live, around Chennai. According to the wiki:

Thatching is the craft of building a roof with dry vegetation such as straw, water reed, sedge (Cladium mariscus), rushes and heather, layering the vegetation so as to shed water away from the inner roof. It is a very old roofing method and has been used in both tropical and temperate climates. Thatch is still employed by builders in developing countries, usually with low-cost, local vegetation. By contrast in some developed countries it is now the choice of affluent people who desire a rustic look for their home or who have purchased an originally thatched abode.
I have another post where I have posted pictures of Huts in an Indian village, which was taken in Western India, about 200 kms north-east of Mumbai but those huts had cobbled roofs. That little village near Mumbai looks more prosperous even though it was smaller and further away from a town center.

We came across this particular village on the way from Chennai to Puducherry.

outside of thatched hut in India

Thatching can be not just economical, but also effective. Properly made with the right materials, a thatched hut can be quite waterproof, more than the other materials.
close-up of thatched hut in India

close-up of thatched hut in India

thatched hut in India with goat

More related images: A village in Maharashtra or Sketches and drawings of thatched huts (based on the photos in this post)
You might also like: Huts in an Indian Village or Photographs of houses and huts from Dakshinachitra in South India (which has a picture of a model thatched hut) or Middle class kitchens of rural India
For urban poverty check out Slums in India - Aerial View or Homeless in India - Photographs


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