A holistic understanding of material is integral part of getting the art and science of building. An understanding deeply rooted in the science, belief and use seen in the building. As part of Mastering the materials science, we mix and match, try and fail, but we continue to experiment till we succeed.
A lesson we learnt over the years, never be afraid to try, you might just discover something different. Something useful, something new or giving a new identity to something old.