Monday, January 2, 2012

West African Architecture

Below are amazing photos of West African Frescoes (definition: any of several related mural painting types, executed on plaster on walls or ceilings. The word fresco comes from the Italian word affresca [afˈfresːko] which derives from the Latin word for "fresh". Frescoes first developed in the ancient world and continued to be popular through the Renaissance. Declining in popularity, they enjoyed something of a revival in the 20th century).

They are created by the Gurunsi women of Tiebélé for decorating their traditional adobe homes that also share similar geometric pattern with shapes found on the calabashes of Fulani women. These motifs can also be found on the frescoes of traditional adobe buildings found in Northern Ghana, Niger, Northern Nigeria and Cameroon.

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Here's some more amazing photos of Tiebélé, Burkina Faso, West Africa

Also please watch this fascinating video of the women painting the houses

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