Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Labworian Grass Roof

Most traditional roofs in Uganda are made of grass or some similar plant material. Since putting a grass roof on our house, I have been noticing the different styles much more. It was interesting to note that in each tribal area we drove through, the design and/or material of grass roofs differed a little bit. Some people use bamboos to hold the grass up, while others use tree poles and sticks. Some people intricately tie the grass to the under-structure, while others seem to just throw grass on top rather loosely.
We heard that the Labwor people of Abim district (just west of Karamoja) are known nationwide for the quality and beauty of their grass thatching. Because Labwor isn't too far from where we're building, we ordered bamboo, grass, and the services of our good friend Pastor Luka's brother: Simon Peter. Last Thursday they finished the grass roof on our first house. It took them about three days. Below you've already seen the outside of the roof, but I wanted you to be able to see the inside as well. It reminds me of a spider-web. It may look flimsy, but it's VERY strong, like a rib-cage, and we're told it could last 10-20 years, which means it'll probably outlast us!


NotintheWild said...

This roof is truly magnificent and visibly as durable as it is delicate . . . but I HOPE it doesn't outlast you in its projected lifespan!

Kelsey and Travis said...

Just keep the termites from it :) It really looks GREAT I am so excited for you!!! Oh, we had some AMAZING food at a Mennonite restaurant with Travis's parents and we thought of y'all.