MOROCCO: INTO THE ATLAS –PART 4: HOUSE CONSTRUCTION
The first step is making enough pise bricks (photo 1).
After the bricks are built up, the outside is coated with the clay to make a smooth surface. The roof begins with cross timbers (photo 2) which are overlayed with diagonally placed bamboo rods then covered in straw and clay (also seen in photo 2). That is eventually covered with another layer of clay.
The inside ceiling of bamboo is decorated by painting it in colorful patterns in red, yellow and black. In the old days, the diamond or lozenge pattern has been said to represent an eye, such as the partridge’s eye which keeps away the “evil eye.” (photo 3).
NEXT WEEK: GARDENS AND WATER IN THE MOUNTAINS.
NOTE: These blogs are meant to give some insight into the life and times of my fictional character, Jade del Cameron. Jade’s mystery adventures take place in post WWI Africa. To date they are: Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory, and The Serpent’s Daughter (available in paperback October, 2008). The fourth book The Leopard’s Prey, will be available in hardcover January 2009. For more information, visit the website: www.suzannearruda.com