Maya Thatching thatched roof

Traditional Maya thatch, in the southern, forested part of the Yucatan, is made from leaves of the cohune palm which is plentiful in this area. Each frond is trimmed back, bunched up and tied with vines, then lashed to the pole frame, which is also held together with vines. The result has a certain elegance.

To design a structure like this, the Maya men only need to decide how many leaves for the thatch. This particular roof is a thousand leaf thatch. With this decision in hand the sizes for all the structural members are known and work can proceed very rapidly as long as the forest resources are available.

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