Thannal Natural building India 9a

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Thannal Natural Building School conducts its special workshop on Lime, an important Natural Material. After years of research and hands-on learning of Lime in form of Thappi Plaster and Lime Flooring from master masons from Rajasthan in our projects, we have started with a workshop dedicated for Lime, from May 2018 in Sardarshahar, Rajasthan.

Lime can be used in every part of a building, from Foundation, beams, walls, finishes, flooring and roofing. To build with this long lasting material, one has to understand it about its different types, how to do procurement, preparation, storing and application. As the workshop is coordinated from artisans from Rajasthan, you will be learning about various types of lime applications native to the area.

Thappi is the indigenous wooden tool of Lime application, used in plastering walls and flooring methods native to Rajasthan. After a levelling coat of mud or lime waste or aggregates, a coat of Lime and Surkhi is applied and beaten by using Thappi to facilitate setting of lime. It is finished with Fine coat of Lohi or Araish (both of Lime) on top. Lohi is quick and simple method, whereas Araish is a slow, detailed method having elegant finish with colours.

Through this workshop we attempt to revive this traditional method of plastering and flooring, which is time-tested and proven powerful enough through our mud water tanks. We 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 like methi (fenugreek), gur (jaggery) etc will also be taught in this course.

Use of Natural Colours in Araish plaster and how to do a Lime wash in various shades also will be covered. Lime wash provides essential protection to natural buildings from termite attack and increases the strength of plaster.

Sardarshaher is a small town in the heart of Thar desert in Rajasthan, which is gifted with many brilliant lime artisans. It has a number of buildings done in pure Lime plaster. It has a number of buildings done in pure Lime plasters like Lohi, Zikki and Araish.

This course will be headed by master masons Abdul Razak Muwal, Dawood Ibrahim Muwal and Liyakat Muwal, who have worked with Lime for decades, on old as well as contemporary projects. Thannal seeks to revive the glory of Lime, adorned the walls of many Havelis and huts, and honour talented traditional lime artisans of Rajasthan.

Course Detail

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Note: Each day is divided into four sessions, two before lunch and two after lunch. Schedule could vary according to site weather conditions.


  • Liyakat Muwal

Workshop Date:
22nd – 25th November 2018

Workshop Location:
Sardarshaher, Churu District, Rajasthan.

Nearby Railway Stations: Ratangarh, Bikaner, Jaipur.
Nearby Airport: Jaipur and Delhi.

Workshop fee:
The workshop fee is Rs. 12,500/- (Indians) and USD 210/- (foreign nationals) which includes lunch and excludes accommodation and site visit’s travel expenses.

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, sponsorships and fellowships. Projects are done on a gift culture, without any consultation fee, which are the results of our studies of Indian Traditional Natural Building techniques.

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 honoured and recognized in order to get more traditional workers back to lime. This will also help in a school for Thappi skill development and for Thannal’s next revival series.

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 12 participants and will be on a first come first serve manner. Kindly go to the below link for registration. 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!

We will be suggesting various guest houses near to site, where inquires can be made by the participants for accommodation. Accommodation is not included in workshop fee.

Prepare for the day:
Please see below link for details of things to carry and other matters of concern.

Cancellation/Refund Policy:

You can cancel your participation in this workshop, but registration money can only be transferred to someone you nominate, as it is non-refundable, or you can also retain the amount as credit with us and use for our future workshops.


  • This workshop is open to all profession and age group. 
  • We don’t entertain non participants at workshop site during workshop hours, unless it is unavoidable (please let us know in advance).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 while working, this is a no selfie zone.
  • The itinerary is subjective to change as per the site and weather conditions.
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