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‘Sang ghar’ literally translates to ‘a house on stilts’ - Stilts, the saviour, a typical form of structure extensively used by villagers on the periphery of the island to negate the rising water levels of the temperamental Brahmaputra river, is a way of life for many islanders to withstand the fury of nature, but adapting is a game the islanders understood a very long time ago.
Stilts, from bamboo to concrete, signs of progression or regression, bamboo one of the strongest natural materials available in abundance on the island is used as the main foundation for a large majority of the island, but with time, cement is taking its place, because it’s considered ‘moving with time’ and “permanent”, but not necessarily a wise choice especially for villages on the edge as it’s prone to yearly floods destroying a lot in its path, hence making concrete more dangerous if it collapses and having bamboo a cheaper and robust way to keep rebuilding if need be, so using nature to counter nature, a motto many, especially tribals on the island adhere by.
Photograph : I have witnessed this exact site under construction for over a year from multiple trips I took from 2017 and 2018, the weather and cost being major factors for the delay, alternatively a good affordable bamboo hutment takes less than 3 weeks, if not less, to construct.
Series - ‘Withering’ ; The 2018 Chapter, produced with the help of @habitatphotosphere
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