Photographer Rita Willaert has revealed a series of photos captured in the Tiébélé village, located in Burkina Faso, where all houses are real artworks.
Traveling to Africa is on many people’s bucket list. Visiting the savannah, the jungle, and the desert can be refreshing, despite the hot temperatures, as sometimes you need to take a break from the busy city life.
An amateur photographer named Rita Willaert has paid a visit to Tiébélé, Burkina Faso, where she has discovered that every house has been designed to be a work of art.
Photographer Rita Willaert captures on camera the majestic artworks in an African village
One could say that a village does not represent a viable tourist attraction. However, you may want to reconsider such thoughts after taking a look at the majestic artworks in an African village.
Tiébélé is a village in Burkina Faso, a country situated in West Africa. It is virtually unknown to the modern world as its inhabitants have worked hard to keep it this way.
The village is home to the royal family of the Kassena tribe. It has been like this since the 15th century, when the tribe settled in the region. The total area of the community measures around 1.2 hectares and it is placed at a hill’s foot.
The main reason why the nobility wants to remain as secluded as possible is because they want to preserve the traditions of the tribe. It is worth noting that Kassena is one of Burkina Faso’s oldest tribes.
Kassena tribe may have to accept tourists in order to preserve its legacy
Not everyone will be allowed in the Tiébélé village. The inhabitants want to preserve their traditions and they do not want to mix it up with the customs of the modern civilization.
The integrity of the tribe has been protected for ages this way. However, hard times lay ahead, so it is said that the Kassena people will soon need to accept tourists in order to raise funds to sustain themselves.
Photographer Rita Willaert has been very lucky to be allowed to enter the community. She has found out that all houses are decorated and that the symbols on the structures have a meaning to the tribe.
The architecture is impressive as well. Everything seems to be planned in advance, while the villagers are living in peace. More photos with the artworks made by the Kassena tribe can be found at Rita Willaert’s personal Flickr account.