Brick-making in Sagroli

 

We were pleasantly surprised to learn that another lost source of livelihood, brick making, has been restored, ironically in part due to the lower than normal water level at this time of year (July 2009). The process involves the removal of clay, moulding into bricks baked in the open using dried rice husk.

Of course, the amount of clay removed has to be carefully monitored, so as not to cause damage, and is naturally replenished each year by the monsoon. The bricks are made by a small group of families who have traditionally done this work in the past. The bricks are sold locally to villagers to build and repair their houses.

The fishermen keep a close watch on proceedings and in fact are happy to see the tank being deepened (thus providing more refuge for fish when water levels drop) with no effort on their part!