We Tour August 09, 2018 at 06:00 pm

Six captivating ancient houses of indigenous Africans engineered beautifully

Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson | Staff Writer

Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson August 09, 2018 at 06:00 pm

August 09, 2018 at 06:00 pm | We Tour

Mud Houses -Burkina Faso

Even though mud houses were very popular across Africa, this distinct and breathtaking style of making them can only be found in Burkina Faso. The house is peculiar to the Tiebele people who are known as the oldest ethnic group to settle in the land of modern-day Burkina Faso in the early 15th century. The Tiebele people design their houses with significant patterns, symbols and signs that held historical significance. The breathtaking dwellings are handmade with earth, stones, wood and straw decorated. The patterns are also hand-done using chalk, oil and coloured mud. The designs are done by the local women and have been a tradition since its existence. The houses are closely built and can form dense mazes. Depending on the wealth of the family, the homes could have stairways and roof terraces.

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