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Thannal Hand Sculpted Homes
Natural Building Awareness group based in Tiruvannamalai,Tamil Nadu, India.
Natural Building Awareness group based in Tiruvannamalai,Tamil Nadu, India.
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An interview in The Hindu newspaper by Nidhi Adlakha
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What do your workshops and research projects comprise?
You have intertwined music and architecture in an interesting fashion.
Can such techniques be replicated in our cities?
Your Earthbag home is very popular.... etc 

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An article about us in The Hindu news paper saying "What can you do to create a sustainable home that does not harm the environment? Meet architects of change who tell you how"
by Naveena Vijayan

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From Amarnath Duleep,
"Greetings to all. Here is a video I made on the Cob house we constructed at the Anandavanam Community Centre in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu. By the blessings of Arunachala, the project brought many beautiful souls from around the world together in learning as we worked with our hands and hearts to create this hut. Do watch and share"
Nice video of our on going work.


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Making of wattle & daub cottage video in Sukrishi farm, Nelamangala - Bangalore, India
The Wattle & Daub Cottage at Sukrishi farm began as a humble effort by H.R Jayaram, a laywer-farmer to make a cottage that complimented his organic farm, but it truly began when it was expressed so uniquely by a natural building architect Biju Bhaskar who played the role of an artist.
Wattle and daub ( W& D):
The light weight champion among the walling members, wattle and daub is a perfect collaboration of earth and a lattice of bamboo splits. The wattle is made by weaving split bamboo or other weave-able fiber. The daub is the coat of earth, often a loose cob mix, to protect the skeleton of the wattle pretty much like our skin. This super star is going to be the most versatile material among natural building avant garde in modern construction.
Cob :
Cob is a heavy weight champion of the natural building family. It is a mixture of soil and fibers with adequate quantity of water, divided for easy handling and placed in layers. The resulting wall is a monolithic structure strong enough to handle the test of time. Famous for its thermal mass, cob is a mega star and a successful celebrity in natural building.
Thannal Natural Building Music composed, written and sang by Prasanth Ps
Read more : http://thannal.com/the-wattle-daub-cottage/

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This 550 Sq Ft (52 Sq M) super adobe home we have done with in one month as an experiment with different methods is located in Tiruvannamalai, India. We made around 1000 earth bags using soil from the site. To produce 1000 bags it will take less than 15 days with 2 men and 2 women.It will cost less than baked bricks to do this 1.5 feet thick walls. We used different plaster, mortar paste mixes made out of Prickly pear juice, aloe vera, tamarind seed, Haritaki, sticky rice juice, tapioca starch etc and with a touch of tailored coconut leaf roof- PART 1 photos
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12/5/16
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A step by step doing Palm leaf shelter
India passed through the ages of speaking, drawing and painting,
each extending over hundreds or even thousand of years, and thus, it
was by a series of natural steps that writing grew out of drawing. With
the gradual enlargement of range of writing and its use, different type
of writing materials such as, leaves, barks, stones, metals, wood, etc.
were discovered.
More research needed to preserve this written form for the future generations in palm. Some of the Conservation Practices in Ancient India preserving palm leaf or INDIGENOUS METHODS OF PRESERVING MANUSCRIPTS (palm leaf) : http://odisha.gov.in/e-maga…/Journal/journalvol3/…/28-32.pdf

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An article saying "Back to Earth Homes" by Sandeepani Cherkkatt in Grihalakshmi, an Indian magazine published fortnightly by the Mathrubhumi group.
This coming year 2017 we will be working more in Kerala :).


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Recipes & techniques behind earthen finishes of Wayanad using sap,rice straw ash, rice husk etc. Sometime pots are made with mud and stored uncooked. The walls have to be plastered before the monsoon arrives. It is then that these mud vessels are broken and used for plastering the house.

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Rajagopalan’s Veedu is one of the oldest houses of Wayanad, this cob and straw thatch house is a proof of the resilience of a natural material as humble as mud, standing tough for over 300 years 

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The forgotten earth homes of Wayanad series starting.
In this series we are portraying real Wayanad true earth homes with their techniques which sustained past. This is an intro of that beautiful small homes of Wayanad, Kerala.
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