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Malawi Vernacular Architecture
Documentation for Preservation
Plastering, sometimes called "smearing", is the technique of applying mud to the walls and floors. Plastering is completed once a year. The plaster adds a layer of protection against the wind and rain.
A mixture of mud and water is the basic components for the plaster. In many cases it was stated that the mud was gathered from a place off site. This was mainly done to have a specific or unique color.
The task of plastering is done once a year in order to protect the structure from sun and wind but mainly the rain. Water hitting a mud surface has a great impact on the structure. Walls, floors and verandahs all receive a fresh coat of plaster.
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