Mud houses in the this African village of Burkina faso are covered in beautiful paintings

Tiébélé village in Burkina Faso has a tradition of covering their houses with beautiful patterns and paintings. The decorated buildings are only for the royalty and thats how they are distinguished from the rest. The royalty is pretty much name sake they seem to live just like other villagers. Cour Royal de Tiébélé is a UNESCO world heritage site.

The houses are decorated in natural clay paints which features pictogram and patterns, a natural varnish derived from a tree is used to add longevity to their art works. The custom of painting these mud houses is followed since 16th century. All the decoration is done by women only.

Photographs by Rita Willaert

Also see: Japanese artist decorates walls of Indian schools with Mud paintings

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