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Tiébélé

A decorated village in Burkina Faso

This is one of the oldest ethnic groups that had settled in the territory of Burkina Faso in the 15th century. Tiébélé is known for their amazing traditional Gourounsi architecture and murals. Even if they are clearly among the poorest countries in the world, their culture makes them very rich, as in the case of the decoration of the walls of their buildings, an important part of their cultural legacy in this area of the country.

After the construction of their houses with earth, wood and straw, women start to make murals on their walls using colored mud and white chalk. The motifs and symbols are either taken from everyday life, or from religion and belief. The finished wall is then carefully burnished with stones, each color burnished separately so that the colors don’t blur together. Finally, the entire surface is coated with a natural varnish made by boiling pods of néré, the African locust bean tree.

The designs also serves to protect the walls themselves. The decorating is usually done just before the rainy season and protects the outside walls from the rain. Adding cow dung, compacting layers of mud, burnishing the final layer, and varnishing with néré all make the designs withstand wet weather, enabling the structures to last longer. Another unspoiled wonder to tell, from around the planet.

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by
Rita Willaert

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1 Commento su Tiébélé

  1. Great set; love the architecture..

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