Amantani and Taquile Island Community

Lake Titicaca
Artisans Community

Taquile was named Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.On the islands of Taquile and Amantani, the clothing dates from pre-Columbian times and is appreciated in its design and iconography. Women wear multicolored flower embroidered blouses with wide black skirt with a slim belt and their head protected by a black cloak.

The men wear black short vests with embroidery that determines their function in the community with a long red sash embroidered and woven with cotton threads and  hairs of the beloved woman and a chullo that differentiates whether they are single or married and depending on the detail of the tail of  chullo determines if they are looking for a partner.

Men are who weave and maintain their ancestral custom from generation to generation from parents to children with a 5-needle technique, the textiles are a complicated  family messages or pallay those dating back 4500 years, initially being luxurious gifts for the Inca nobility, They teaches children from the age of 4 starting by weaving colored ribbons becoming into a complex textile. And the women weave a pedal the looms apart from their jobs in the field, they also prepare the yarns for them, the mothers being in charge of teaching this art to their girls. This si the reason why the tradition has been maintained throughout the years.

  • Our artisan Mady tell us that the women weave a pedal the looms apart from their jobs in the field, they also prepare the yarns for them, the mothers being in charge of teaching this art to their girls. This si the reason why the tradition has been maintained throughout the years.

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