In 1986 researchers from Paris travelled the world to document traditional art, cultures and homesteads. They visited Siyabuswa, took photographs of Esther’s eye-catching house with its exterior decorations. Esther was invited to travel to France. She could barely speak English, let alone French, had never been on a ‘plane and had no idea where France was. On arrival in Paris Esther was asked to decorate a house in traditional Ndebele fashion.