"Burkina Faso boasts a few simple gems, such as the village of Tiebele, renowned for its unique architecture...Dwellings are either square (for married couples) or round (for bachelors) and all elaborately decorated: black diamond patterns cover large areas of the reddish-brown walls. Drawings of snakes and crocodiles, both sacred animals, bestow protection"(Andrea Davoust) Photos are by Rita Willaert

The extraordinary village of Tiebele in Burkina Faso, Africa, is made up of intricately embellished earthen architecture | Image © Rita Willaert

Gurunsi villages are formed by sukhala houses, which are decorated hand painted by the women of the village, tiebele, burkina faso by anthony pappone photographer, via Flickr

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