The bodj fair trade flooring and hearth project supports a group of 5 families living on the banks of the Mekong river just outside Phnom Penh.
These terracotta tiles are entirely handmade using clay dug from the banks of the river, mixed with the ashes of rice husk and then fired out on the open dunes using gleaned brushwood, coconut husk and rice straw. Unlike standard kiln firing this firing technique imparts different colours and unique markings to each tile. A portion of the tiles also feature natural impressions of local flora & fauna - leaf & bird prints etc.
Click here to see the process involved in Creating Tiles.
The project has been kept deliberately small-scale and production is carefully monitored so as not to disturb the eco-system in which the villagers live.
The tiles are available in 4 sizes:
Square floor tile
(200 x 200 x 20mm)
Rectangular floor tile
(120 x 250 x 20mm)
Hexagonal floor tile
(200 x 173 x 20mm)
Square wall tile
(100 x 100 x 8mm )