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Textile Arts of Taquile Island, Peru

Elayne Zorn

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Latin America and the Caribbean 2005

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Taquile is a small island in Lake Titicaca, on the Peruvian side, in the Andean altiplano (high plateau) at nearly 13,000 feet (3,815 meters), above sea level. This community’s indigenous, Quechua-speaking inhabitants are renowned worldwide for their dramatically colored finely handwoven textiles and for their model of community-controlled tourism. Taquile is one of an ever-smaller number of Peruvian highland communities whose members both create and wear handwoven textiles as their daily dress a

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