The earthen homes of the Gurunsi in Tiebele, Burkina Faso.


These are the earthen homes of the Gurunsi in Burkina Faso.
  Tiebele woman painting her house  

Gurunsi woman painting her house, Burkina Faso



The men build the house and the women decorate the facades. All figures have a symbolic meaning. Round small houses 'dra' belong to young singles. The rectangular 'mangolo' with terrace belonging to young couples. The 'bilobées'  belonging to the older women and young children. You can watch a video (above) of a Gurunsi woman mixing, plastering and decorating her home. The water used to clean shea butter, which ends up with an oily texture, helps to make the plaster water-proof.