When we think of bridges, steel and concrete arches and durable building materials such as brick, timber and cast iron comes into our mind. As we go back to the traditional employing materials for bridges, usually they have used stones, timber and steel. Recently reinforced are more complex and pre-stressed concrete materials for the total qualities of strength, workability, durability and resistance.
In the video below, you will see unique living bridges made of trees in India. Living root bridges are a form of tree shaping common in the southern part of the Northeast Indian state of Meghalaya. They are handmade from the aerial roots of Rubber Fig Trees (Ficus elastica) by the Khasi and Jaintia peoples of the mountainous terrain along the southern part of the Shillong Plateau. Root bridges have also been observed in the Indian state of Nagaland. Some astonished travelers may say the bridges seems like the ones they read about in fairy tales. And believe it or not, when you examine the roots and vines; the local folks will tell you that it is over 500 years old. Discover how this sustainable living architecture was made. Watch this.
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