Malingunde, Lilongwe (22).JPG

Malingunde, Lilongwe (22).JPG

Mpale, Mangochi (10).JPG

Mpale, Mangochi (10).JPG

Chipile, Mangochi (4).JPG

Chipile, Mangochi (4).JPG

Kalole, Mongochi (34).JPG

Kalole, Mongochi (34).JPG

Malingunde, Lilongwe (17).JPG

Malingunde, Lilongwe (17).JPG

Masukwa,Dedza (6).JPG

Masukwa,Dedza (6).JPG

Nyodole, Dedza (1).JPG

Nyodole, Dedza (1).JPG

Mdokho, Nchinji (4).JPG

Mdokho, Nchinji (4).JPG

Mbenjala, Zomba (9).JPG

Mbenjala, Zomba (9).JPG

Gama, Nchinji (6).JPG

Gama, Nchinji (6).JPG

Minama, Nchinji (2).JPG

Minama, Nchinji (2).JPG

Juma, Dowa (3).JPG

Juma, Dowa (3).JPG

Nsulila, Kasungu (35).JPG

Nsulila, Kasungu (35).JPG

Nsulila, Kasungu (18).JPG

Nsulila, Kasungu (18).JPG

Nsulila, Kasungu (46).JPG

Nsulila, Kasungu (46).JPG

Nsanga, Kasungu (28).JPG

Nsanga, Kasungu (28).JPG

Malata, Kasungu (6).JPG

Malata, Kasungu (6).JPG

Malata, Kasungu (2).JPG

Malata, Kasungu (2).JPG

Kachipeso, Dowa (2).JPG

Kachipeso, Dowa (2).JPG

Gwale,Dowa (13).JPG

Gwale,Dowa (13).JPG

Gwale,Dowa (15).JPG

Gwale,Dowa (15).JPG

Phonde, Salima (15).JPG

Phonde, Salima (15).JPG

Phonde, Salima (5).JPG

Phonde, Salima (5).JPG

Moyo, Salima (17).JPG

Moyo, Salima (17).JPG

Moyo, Salima (9).JPG

Moyo, Salima (9).JPG

Masasa, Salima (7).JPG

Masasa, Salima (7).JPG

Masako, Salima (8).JPG

Masako, Salima (8).JPG

Masako, Salima (5).JPG

Masako, Salima (5).JPG

Malaza, Salima (16).JPG

Malaza, Salima (16).JPG

Malaza, Salima (8).JPG

Malaza, Salima (8).JPG

Lifuwu, Salima (9).JPG

Lifuwu, Salima (9).JPG

Chinseu, Salima (14).JPG

Chinseu, Salima (14).JPG

Chinseu, Salima (8).JPG

Chinseu, Salima (8).JPG

Chinseu, Salima (6).JPG

Chinseu, Salima (6).JPG

Chikoto, Salima (3).JPG

Chikoto, Salima (3).JPG

Chigwiti, Salima (22).JPG

Chigwiti, Salima (22).JPG

Chavula, Salima (21).JPG

Chavula, Salima (21).JPG

Chavula, Salima (16).JPG

Chavula, Salima (16).JPG

Chavula, Salima (15).JPG

Chavula, Salima (15).JPG

Simwaka, Nkhotakota (4).JPG

Simwaka, Nkhotakota (4).JPG

Lufani, Nkhotakota (31).JPG

Lufani, Nkhotakota (31).JPG

Lufani, Nkhotakota (7).JPG

Lufani, Nkhotakota (7).JPG

Maganga, Nkhata Bay (11).JPG

Maganga, Nkhata Bay (11).JPG

Dzamwa, Nkhata Bay (11).JPG

Dzamwa, Nkhata Bay (11).JPG

Dzamwa, Nkhata Bay (9).JPG

Dzamwa, Nkhata Bay (9).JPG

Choveka, Nkhata Bay (12).JPG

Choveka, Nkhata Bay (12).JPG

Chikasima, Nkhata Bay (3).JPG

Chikasima, Nkhata Bay (3).JPG

Bisani, Nkhata Bay (10).JPG

Bisani, Nkhata Bay (10).JPG

Decorations

Decorations are attempts for a home owner to beautify their homes. Most of the time it is accomplished by paintings on the side of walls. Through the interviews, it was said over and over that there was no reasons behind the paintings.. just to add beauty.

Gallery

Chisi village, Nzimba district

This lady is painting a decorative band around the bottom of her kitchen. The decorative band on the base is very common on Malawi vernacular structures. The color comes from the local soil.

Walk around a highly decorated house. The colors are from the local soil. Note the chicken above the window and the painted statement, "think before you enter please ".

Mwamkenja village, Chitipa district

Homestead that has three structures decorated in three different color schemes. The blue color comes from soil taken from a river bed. The kitchen has the greeting, "Wellcame to kitchen ". The sides of the kitchen are painted flower petals.

Chakhuputa village, Chitipa district

This lady's home was decorated with broad orange horizontal stripes. Even the door was painted. There was an inverse of colors on the window. She also painted this "wave" motif both inside and outside of the home. When asked if it had any meaning she replied that she "just liked it ".

Dzamwa village, Nkhata Bay district