Speaking Natural Finishes is a series where we portraits a part of a natural building like wall finishing methods (earth and lime based plasters, renders & paints), floors (earthen floors, natural stones,terracotta), roofs etc used by us or by other natural builders or from a traditional buildings.

Here we try to understand the different techniques of various portions of a dwelling by understanding the various techniques and methods of flooring, roofing or plaster finishes. The research eventually culminates in experiments of our own. The idea here is to bring the lesser known technologies to the household of the common man.

Types of Indian Plaster part 1

The beauty of Indian plasters is that it utilises different natural derivatives from trees and herbs to increase the molecular strength, termite resistance and water repelling quality. Kitchen ingredients like Methi (fenugreek), Gur (jaggery), Kadukkai (Haritaki), Gooseberry, herbs like…

Cow and Natural Building

Why cow is so important in natural building. From seeking permission from mother earth to build our home cow has a relation in natural homes

Plasters of Rajasthan

In Rajasthan you can find both the limits, the extravagant finishes of the palaces and the humble plasters of the villages, both made using natural materials.

Earthen Finishes of Wayanad

“Your skin is the reflection of one’s inner health”. Recipes & techniques behind earthen finishes of Wayanad using sap,rice straw ash, rice husk…… …read more

Building an earthen roof over a cob home using Karingota leaves

Documentation about using Karingota leaves to do an earthen roof over a cob home – Re”searching” past and materials for better future.