Friday Photo: Wax Art

Each Friday I’ll serve up a photo and give you the story behind it. This week, artwork made of paraffin wax I found in Ouagadougou.

Pretty nice looking, right? And this is just a photo of the back of the piece! The image depicts a woman pounding millet, an amazingly tiring activity that woman do practically everyday in order to prepare tô, the staple food of Burkina. Somehow I think I haven’t described it before, but for the uninitiated it’s a sort of gelatin-like creation that you eat with a sauce (popular sauces are okra or peanut for example). Since I live in a city and have lots of options, I have only eaten in a handful of times, but Burkinabé and volunteers in smaller villages eat it daily.

Check out the front of the artwork (in orange), as well as another similar blue piece:



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