They are often the tallest structures in the outskirts of Kathmandu. A few kilometres away from the city, in almost all directions, towering kilns cook up bricks in tonnes to meet the demand of the ever-expanding metropolis.
While the workings of a brick factory can be summed up in a few steps – mud is shaped into bricks which are then laid out to dry in the sun after which they are heated in a kiln – the skill required to manufacture a well-crafted brick takes years to master.
To meet the demand of a skilled workforce, every year, hundreds of Indian workers from Bihar and surrounding areas arrive in Kathmandu to work in these factories. These workers are not only skilled in the craft of making bricks, they are also, almost always, the only ones, who can navigate the impossibly hot kilns.
Photojournalist Kabin Adhikari visited a brick factory in Bhaktapur and found out both Nepali and Indian workers working in unison to build bricks.