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Botswana Kanye Households People Lands Cattle-post Crafts


Finally the walls are finished with  decorations from different coloured locally available clays which are mixed with cattle dung to stop the decorations spoiling during the Rains

Obtaining the colours for the decorations

This curved topping helps to protect the durability of the wall. Here it is then being decorated with the white mud mixture

Various layers of plastering over the brick base help to strengthen the wall

A Ruler for the straight lines and a small pot lid as pattern for the circles

Final finish with the red mud to show off the decorations

Floor of lwa-lapa is then sealed with cattle dung finish. As inside houses, this needs to be frequently renewed