Saturday, May 24, 2014

Thatcher, with Beret

These beautiful photographs are by Dutch photographer Jetske van Beek, pictures of her father in 1984, cutting reeds in the Dutch province of Overijssel. 
The cut reeds are traditionally used for thatched roofs, still seen in some parts of the Netherlands.
The artisan job of harvesting reeds and thatching roofs is a slowly dying profession, but is still practised (and there seems to be a small revival; more people maintaining their "grass roofs" instead of changing to tiles). 
I wouldn't be surprised to find that many of these artisan thatchers wearing a beret...

Thanks, Jetske

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