FIRED EARTH: Bricks, Kilns and Workers in Kathmandu Valley
2013, pp. viii+102 (color plates)
ISBN: 978 9937 597 02 9
Bricks and wood are the traditional building materials in the Kathmandu Valley. This book describes how bricks are produced in traditional and modern kilns, the production processes and the people involved in each stage of production: the moulders of the green bricks, the porters of the bricks into the kiln proper, and workers from Bihar who set the bricks in the kiln, control the firing process and carry the finished red bricks out of the kiln for storage. The book contains a number of interviews with workers and owners, and discusses various problems related to brick production.
Viggo Brun, born in Norway 1943, was Associate Professor in Thai Studies at the University of Copenhagen until his retirement in 2005. He has published books and articles on Thai folklore, traditional medicine and linguistics as well as political and social issues related to Thailand and Southeast Asia. He has lived a number of years in Thailand, Nepal (2002-2005) and India (2005-2011). He is married to Nina Ellinger.