In the south of Burkina Faso,there is a village near the border with Ghana, is a small size, called Tiébélé. This is the home of the Kassena people, one of the oldest ethnic groups who settled in the territory of Burkina Faso.
i photographed the life the people and architecture of the houses richly decorated mud walls.
The Kassena people build their houses entirely of local materials: earth, wood and straw. Soil mixed with straw and cow dung is moistened to a state of perfect plasticity, to shape almost vertical surfaces.
Tiébélé’s houses are built with defense in mind, whether that be against the climate or potential enemies.
the homes are designed without windows except for a small opening or two to let just enough light in to see, Roofs are protected with wood ladders that are easily retracted.
the walls of the houses are decorated and hand painted by the women of the village done just before the rainy season and protects the outside walls from the rain. varnishing with néré all make the designs withstand wet weather, enabling the structures to last longer.