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Trowulan brick producers struggle against technology and regulations

  • A man and his wife work together making bricks in Trowulan, Mojokerto regency, East Java. The man’s role is to mix the clay into a dough with husks, bran and sand while his wife molds the bricks. JP/Sigit Pamungkas

    A man and his wife work together making bricks in Trowulan, Mojokerto regency, East Java. The man’s role is to mix the clay into a dough with husks, bran and sand while his wife molds the bricks. JP/Sigit Pamungkas

  • A woman makes bricks in Trowulan, Mojokerto, East Java. Women are responsible for fashioning the brick molds. JP/Sigit Pamungkas

    A woman makes bricks in Trowulan, Mojokerto, East Java. Women are responsible for fashioning the brick molds. JP/Sigit Pamungkas

  • A shadow of a craftsman falls on wet bricks molded in Trowulan, Mojokerto, East Java. JP/Sigit Pamungkas

    A shadow of a craftsman falls on wet bricks molded in Trowulan, Mojokerto, East Java. JP/Sigit Pamungkas

  • A woman carries a bucket of clay to be molded. She can mold up to 1,500 bricks per day.  JP/Sigit Pamungkas

    A woman carries a bucket of clay to be molded. She can mold up to 1,500 bricks per day. JP/Sigit Pamungkas

  • A craftsman moves some dried bricks to be fired after they have been drying under the sun. JP/Sigit Pamungkas

    A craftsman moves some dried bricks to be fired after they have been drying under the sun. JP/Sigit Pamungkas

  • A craftsman lights incense and makes an offering that consists of chicken eggs, herbs, flowers, incense, white rice, red rice, coffee, sugar and betel leaves as a small ritual before the firing process begins. JP/Sigit Pamungkas

    A craftsman lights incense and makes an offering that consists of chicken eggs, herbs, flowers, incense, white rice, red rice, coffee, sugar and betel leaves as a small ritual before the firing process begins. JP/Sigit Pamungkas

  • A worker puts an offering on a pile of bricks that are ready to be fired. The offering is used to repel any evil that could disturb the process. JP/Sigit Pamungkas

    A worker puts an offering on a pile of bricks that are ready to be fired. The offering is used to repel any evil that could disturb the process. JP/Sigit Pamungkas

  • A craftsman puts an old rubber sandal and husk into a traditional stove to stoke a good fire with a high temperature for firing the bricks. JP/Sigit Pamungkas

    A craftsman puts an old rubber sandal and husk into a traditional stove to stoke a good fire with a high temperature for firing the bricks. JP/Sigit Pamungkas

  • Three huts are used by brick makers to protect the bricks from rain during the firing process.  JP/Sigit Pamungkas

    Three huts are used by brick makers to protect the bricks from rain during the firing process. JP/Sigit Pamungkas

  • A brick maker sits and rests in a hut. JP/Sigit Pamungkas

    A brick maker sits and rests in a hut. JP/Sigit Pamungkas

  • Three workers load bricks onto a truck to later be distributed. JP/Sigit Pamungkas

    Three workers load bricks onto a truck to later be distributed. JP/Sigit Pamungkas

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