King’s Den, The Brick field | Suvobroto Ray Chaudhuri

In most places around the world, bricks have been an architectural staple for centuries, in some cases, millennial. It is probable that bricks are the world’s earliest man-made building material. In one word it can be said that, they’re basically just made of earth and they have remarkable series of properties: they are economical, weather resistant, and fireproof.

King’s den is a brick field located in southern part of West Bengal. Brick fields are places where bricks are manufactured. Soil is extracted from river delta, smoothened, mixed and shaped into bricks with the help of moulds. The clay bricks are first sun dried and then fired in the kiln, and you get shiny red-golden bricks. It is a worker intensive industry involving various stages – right from soil extraction to loading ready bricks to be taken away. Workers migrating from different states along with their family members quest for seasonal employment. The adult couples are officially engaged in the brick fields while their children play around. Being around with the family and working along with them brings peace to their mind and helps them in earning more.

What you get to see here is not just an industry or business, but a way of life. The people who work here have been doing this for generations, and are very skilled at their jobs. Right from the lad who mixes soil to the artisan who makes the moulds to the men who mould the clay  and lay neat rows after rows of wet bricks in the sun to dry, to the women clad in colorful sarees carrying 6, 8 or even 10 clay dried or baked bricks on their head with aplomb, to the gusty men standing on the hot kiln, checking the bricks being baked in the hot chamber. A huge workforce, divided over a huge working area, busy in their own processes, and still working in tandem to create what helps create our home – BRICKS


Brick worker women overseeing her work area



Worker extracting soil from the river delta


Worker carrying soil to the Brick factory


Workers preparing moulds for bricks and laying rows of moulded bricks


Workers preparing brick moulds and moulding clay into bricks


Women worker carrying bricks to men laying rows of bricks ready to bake


Women worker carrying bricks


Skillful women workers carry 6,8, even 10 or 12 bricks on their head.



Skillful women workers carry 6,8, even 10 or 12 bricks on their head.


Women worker walking on the rows of bricks, carrying more bricks to be laid in rows.


Carrying so many bricks on head is a skill mastered by these women.


Women worked carrying and arranging bricks


Women workers carrying finished bricks from kiln, ready to transport


Taking some time to rest and take a little nap



Brick Kiln at King’s Den


Story credit and photographs copyright (c) Suvobroto Ray Chaudhuri

Bio –

Suvobroto Ray Chaudhuri (Punpun) is an amateur photographer born in Kolkata, raised in Haldia, a small industrial township near Kolkata. Got camera in hand from year 2008 been inspired from maternal uncle, who to him is a lovely, positive, eminent photographer from the film era. Started photography as a hobby and which gradually transformed into a passion. Making stories out of photographs is what he is always up to. | Facebook

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