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Wattle and Daub

Wattle is a structure made of interwoven sticks or branches that forms the walls of a residence or other structure. It’s often in the form of vertical poles driven into the ground with horizontal walls woven of sticks and branches. The daub is whatever material is daubed onto the wattle. Depending on time, place and tradition, the daub may be mud or some mixture. The daub not just mud. Daub is a fairly complex mixture that has three components. It needs aggregate such as sand, to give the daub bulk. It needs binders, such as clay or lime, to help it adhere to the wattle, and it needs reinforcement such as straw or hair to hold the mix together. The structure might be roofed over with thatch made of local materials like palm fronds or straw. An advantage is that it is cheap and easy to build. Wattle and Daub is not just a Third World footnote in anthropology. It is still frequently used is rural areas of underdeveloped countries, particularly in the tropics. It is also the same system used in the famous half-timbered houses in many places in Europe, from England to Germany.