Thappi-Lohi-Araish ( Arayash) Lime Plasters & Lime Flooring Workshop June 2019
Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu
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Workshop 1. 21-23 June, 2019 – Tickets open
Thannal Natural Building School takes a watchful step to contribute to Heritage Conservation of India through a Revival Workshop on Thappi and Araish Plaster.
We present the second edition of Rajasthan’s Thappi, Lohi, Araish (or Arayash) plaster & Lime Flooring in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu. The course is led by master artisans from Rajasthan. This is a slow and cautious step to the Revival of Thappi, Lohi and Araish Plaster (an Indian plaster in match to the Moroccan Tadelakt plaster) in Natural Building. This workshop is for students, professionals, artisans, workers or anyone, who intends to learn this technique. After years of research and hands-on learning of Thappi Plaster and Lime Flooring from master artisans in our projects, we reached the milestone to start a course for all.
Thappi is the indigenous wooden tool of Lime application, used in plastering walls roofing and flooring methods native to Rajasthan. After a leveling coat of mud and lime (for plastering on walls) or lime and aggregates (for flooring), a coat of Lime and Surkhi is applied and beaten by using Thappi to facilitate setting of lime. It increases the clipping of lime with surface below and repairs the cracks which forms as the lime dries. It is very careful procedure done till the lime hardens. It is finished with various different finishes in layers on top, or can be left in its characteristic texture created by beating of lime.
Lohi is one of the finishing method, with fine sieved surkhi and lime. Finishing work can be stopped at this stage or we can go ahead with a more advanced Araish ( Arayash ) plaster. It is a slow, detailed finishing method with marble dust and fine sieved lime, having elegant finish with colours. Thappi, Lohi and Araish are waterproof plasters. Lohi can also have multiple coats of Lime wash, if needed additional protection from water. Through this workshop we attempt to revive this traditional method of plastering and flooring, which is time-tested and proven powerful enough through our underground grey water tank and multipurpose tanks. These tanks testify to how sand can be avoided (rare and very expensive now), replacing it with Surkhi in contemporary scenario. How to make home-made Surkhi and use natural polymers in lime plaster will also be taught in this course.
Read more about Thappi-Lohi & Araish ( Arayash ) plasters in our Interviews with Artisans:
Thannal seeks to revive the glory of Thappi, Lohi and Araish, adorned the walls of many Haveli and honor talented traditional lime artisans of Rajasthan.
The course duration is 3 days. It will be held in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu.
1A: Introduction to Thappi and Arairsh Plaster.
1B: Base Coat preparation and application on Wall.
2A: Preparation of Lime & Surkhi for First coat.
2B: Application of 1st Coat and giving Thappi.
3A: Base Coat of Flooring. (Prototype)
4A: Preparation of Home-made Surkhi & Lohi.
4B: Understanding cracks and doing Thappi.
01: & 02: Doing Thappi over of first coat of Surkhi and Lime.
03: Application of Lohi.
04: Introduction & Preparation of Araish.
01 & 02 Application of Araish.
03 Natural Colours in Araish.
04 Lime Wash with Pigments, Flooring Final coat & Tile flooring using Lime (prototype).
Artisans from Rajasthan & Biju Bhaskar.
21st– 23rd June 2019.
Thannal campus, Tiruvannamalai, Tamilnadu.
Nearest Railway Stations: Tiruvannamalai, Katpadi and Villupuram.
Nearest Airport: Chennai, Bengaluru.
The course fee is ₹9,000/- (Indians) or USD 175/- (foreign nationals).
This fee includes only lunch & refreshments during workshop days.
We function in a manner in which all our studies, documentations, travels and researches are funded with the money from workshops, not from any external funds, sponsorship’s and fellowships.
The knowledge offered in this course by the master masons, that evolved after many years of experience and practice is priceless. The major part of the fee would be directed to the artisan community of Rajasthan to encourage more traditional skills. The value of their skill needs to be honored and recognized in order to get more traditional workers back to lime. This workshop also provides resources for Thannal’s next revival series.
Projects by Thannal are done on a gift culture, without any consultation fee. We expect people who want to learn from us understand this situation and kindly not ask for discounts in our study programmes. As we do not have any scholarship available right now, you can find a sponsor for yourself to study with us (you will be supporting us this way).
Participation is limited to 15-20 participants on first come first serve manner. Kindly use the payment link below to register for the workshop. Registration fee of Rs. 4,500/- paid in advance to confirm your registration. Remaining fee is to be paid on the 1st day of workshop, in cash only. Accommodation options and location of campus etc. will be shared after your registration is done.
We are seeking participants with all levels of experience. Most importantly, applicants should have enthusiasm, a deep willingness to learn, an appreciation for working with their hands and a good attitude!
Accommodation is not available within Thannal Campus, so participants have to find and arrange a guest house for staying in Tiruvannamalai town. This expense is not included in the course fee. Daily commute to the campus (6 k.m. from Ramana Ashram, Tiruvannamalai) during workshop days also have to be arranged by participants.
Prepare for the day:
Please see below links for details of things to carry and other important matters of concern.
As per policies of Thannal Mud Homes Trust, if you want to cancel your reservation 20 days before workshop, we will refund you 75% of the registration fee. No refunds will be provided on cancellations done in a later stage, that is, within 20 days of the starting day of the workshop.
- We welcome families taking part in the workshop together. Children below 10 years can attend the workshop for free with parents. Children from 10-18 years of age has to pay 50% of workshop fee.
- We don’t entertain non participants at workshop site during workshop hours, unless it is unavoidable. Please take permission from us in advance if you want to invite your relatives or friends to campus during workshop days.
- Do respect privacy of others when you go visit any nearby sites.
- This is exclusively a hand-on workshop so get ready to stretch and twist your muscles.
- Do wear light comfortable cotton clothes, preferably old, to beat the heat. There are very less chances of your clothes not getting soiled.
- The sun can be a bit harsh here so carry sunscreen and head gears. During monsoon, carry Rain Coat as you may not be always working under a ‘roof’.
- Do keep yourself hydrated to avoid any discomforts. You can also carry Electoral & Glucose for that extra boost of energy.
- Wear foot wear that you can slip in and out of easily.
- At times, working with hands can get a little rough; you can get a pair of work gloves along!
- Please carry your emergency medicine if and when required.
- Keep your cell phones away during workshop, you can spent your time more effectively working during workshop. Video recording during classes is also prohibited, to prevent any misuse of videos.
- Carry a notebook and pen to take down notes, in case you tend to forget what is taught in classes.
- The itinerary is subjective to change as per material availability, site conditions and local weather.
- For queries: thannalroots<@>gmail.com
- Workshop Videos: Thappi workshop Video: https://vimeo.com/thannal/thappi-araish-lime-plaster-workshop
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