This episode of Back Home is regarding ‘Mud’, where you can learn about all the aspects they must know before using mud for making a home.


Most traditional buildings use mud, as it is readily available in most areas. It is a significant material in natural buildings. But one must know the properties of a particular mud before using it for construction. There are different types of mud-like there are different types of climates. As per the properties of the mud, there will be variations in the use of mud. In this episode, know about the basics of soil, historical context and use of mud in traditional building methods. It explains the components of soil and how to procure mud without causing much damage to the environment. There are different tests to know the properties of mud, which anyone can try with the soil available. The findings through the tests help to understand the properties of the mud. After knowing the mud, one can use it more appropriately, with fewer mistakes. The test can equip the learner with the knowledge to use the soil available on the land itself, rather than buying soil from outside. In the end, there are various uses of mud by Thannal, which can be a reference for ‘good practices’ in the natural building for utilising mud. Mud is a versatile material.


This is a platform for sharing knowledge in natural buildings based on the traditional shelter-making methods in India. The age-old practice of using natural materials available from the surroundings in a way without causing harm to nature is revived. The addition of plant and animal derivatives made these homes durable for centuries.

Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India - 606603