7 days in the North and North-West. A story that will be split in two episodes.
Foumban, city in the West Region, and considered by the Cameroonians as the “City of Arts”. Visit of the creative village, Mangouet, guided by our friend Abdoulaye.
Let’s go to Mangouet, neighborhood of Arts.
Palm Oil Extraction
First meeting: the women who are preparing palm oil.
Among the many species of palm trees, there is one which produces fruits with a pulp rich in oil. The fruits are first squeezed with water, and the blend is then heated to extract the vegetable oil.
The blend of water and oil is then heated to separate the two. The palm oil takes its red color at this moment.
Later, the visit continues with the area of the potters.
Most of the Bamoun’s creations are decorated with ceramic beads.
A very impressive and delicate art.
First step: the wanted shape is sculpted in a wax piece, by hand. The wax will be covered with clay, to make a mold. The molds are cooked, the wax melts down and leave the mold empty.
The bronze is then melted and poured into the molds.
Finishing the Tour
An overall look in the neighborhood. Houses on red soil, kids everywhere.
I think that none of the artisans will read these lines, but I really want to thank them here, once again. They welcomed us, shared their knowledge and made us discover a lot about their everyday life and Art.
On the road again. The trail to Jakiri…