Photographer's Note

THE DECORATIVE PAINTWORK OF THE HOUSES

the decoration of the outside walls is devoted to women, between november and december at the end of the rainy season. It is a collective work of all the women of the concession, but each and every house has its own decoration. Women use a traditional technique, based on pigments, and more recently on tar.

Pigments :

This is the traditional technique that is still widely used, on a wall that has first been smoothed out with a flat stone or a piece of calabash, then covered with a "banco" roughcast. Women then coat this roughcast with a few centimeter thick layer of a mixture of clayey earth and cooking water of "nr" pod. This sticky coating of a nice brown reddish color, is kept wet by a continuous spraying of water during the whole decorative painting execution. Women draw black or white patterns. The black color results from the use of graphite thinned down with water, while the white color, results from the friction of a stone, known to produce talc, magnesium silicate. Finally this decoration is protected by a decoction of "nr" pods.

Tar :

This is a much more recent technique, using tar that is added to the mixture of earth and "nr" pod cooking water, for the roughcast. This roughcast is then fully covered with white paint that will later be painted. As a result, instead of getting a dark basis when using pigments, the basis is white.

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