One of the wall surfaces in a traditional house is tatalakt. Tadelakt is a thin and smooth finish to walls mixed with lime and water. It is an ideal surface for kitchens and bathrooms, especially in a damp climate.
We were fortunate to have a lesson from a master Tadelakteur for this project and the children learnt tadelakt etching as well as preparing the smooth surface.
They stared by mixing the lime and water:
Collecting tadelakt on the trowel:
Spreading the tadelakt on the tile:
Polishing the surface:
Placing the stencil:
Etching the tadelakt:
We look forward to learning more about traditional arts and crafts in the future as part of our studies of Islamic Art.
If you are able to learn about similar crafts on your travels please send us your photos!