The price of glass - how to fasten a plastic sheet

Marjolein Katsma

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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karakul, kara-kul, qaraqul, murghab, murghob, gorno badakhshan, tajikistan, travel, wall, window, plastic, mud plaster


Windows and glass – or the price of glass.

This is part of a series on windows and glass in Karakul – see the introduction for background.

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                                         No. 116 in Karakul - or - the price of glass   The price of glass - how to fasten a plastic sheet   Boarded up, with a ladder   Boarded up - with style (1)   Boarded up - with style (2)
                                         Narrow door, narrow window   The price of glass - how to save on repairs   Glass, plastic and pink curtains   Karakul window - sellotape, tinsel and a lace curtain   Karakul window - double glazing and red plastic flowers

While the previous hallway window had plastic (instead of glass) fastened on the inside, this window is somewhat exceptional in having the plastic fastened on the outside, by means of thin strips of wood (or sticks split in half) nailed to the window frame – glass isn’t the only thing scarce here: it’s effectively above the tree line so wood, like glass, has to be “imported”. It’s done quite neatly though, and the wall is freshly plastered. If this is the wall of a house, it will be painted white, but walls of courtyards and pens for storage and holding livestock in winter are usually left unpainted.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1


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