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Wednesday
Jul072010

Tawhtan

Tawhtan (Livistonia jenkinsiana Griff.) is the preferred roofing material in the Hukaung Valley of Kachin State, Myanmar. Villagers occasionally make small plantations of the species (shown above) to have a readily available source of palm thatch. The leaves are harvested and then carefully folded and aligned to make a surprisingly waterproof and airy roof (see Roof Aesthetics 2 and Roof Repair). [NOTE: The tawhtan thatch shown below is somewhat old and will probably be replaced soon.]

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