Bamboo Blind Weave

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Woven bamboo walls are cost effective due to the immense supply of bamboo and the willing community of laborers. Once woven, the walls are secured to a house frame using either nails or rope. The house frames are constructed using trees from the surrounding environment. The blinds are usually applied to the walls in double-layers. This and the tight-weave of the blinds result in the walls being completely watertight. The H.I.T. team was able to observe and participate in blind weaving in Anesmetki, a small village near Raunsepna. There were around 25 men splitting, pounding, and weaving the bamboo (see Figure 1). They had all four walls done in a matter of hours.