african canvas

October 22, 2020

I came across these beautiful images, taken by renowned photographer, Margaret Courtney-Clarke of Ndebele women painting their homes. “These images portray a unique tradition of Africa, a celebration of an indigenous rural culture in which the women are the artists and the home her canvas.” It’s a tradition that dates back to the 18th century –– their once mud walled houses are now made of plaster –– where women in the community paint their houses to mark a major event like a birth, a death or a wedding. I find the concept as beautiful as the geometric patterns and vibrant colours these women create. The togetherness, tradition, self-expression.

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