Nature is the blueprint upon which all other processes are formulated, it is the foundation for any practice or science and it’s sublime perfection is the aim of every artist. The living bridges of Meghalaya, attentively and patiently crafted for generations by the members of the Khasi tribe, have been their means of navigating the many fast flowing rivers in the region. These powerful rivers make it difficult to travel the area.
The Indian Banyan tree (Ficus benghalensis), a species of rubber tree in the area, thrives on the wet weather, and so its strong root system is woven together to create magnificent and long lasting bridges across the rivers. This sustainable living architecture holds strong in the monsoon seasons, when manmade structures would easily be washed away.