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Day 8 - Arriving in Taquile we went up the paths (see previous post) to reach the comunity where we would be introduced to the Taquilian's culture and them watch a traditional dance. Here you can see a Taquilian playing the CHARANGO a kind of guitar.

Our guide explained that the Island was conquered very late by the Spanish and that this ones imposed to the Incas that lived on the Island their way of dressing. So their traditional clothes that we can seen on this picture, has a clear influence of ‘campesinos’ Catalans of the XVII century. What is most distinguishing on the males clothes are the hats. Each color has a different meaning - the musician on the picture is a married man so he has a red hat, on the WS we can see a kid with a white/red hat which is used only by single men. The leaders use a different hat which is also red, but is more elaborated and rich in details. Another characteristic is the belts they use which are rich in details. The drawings and motives are inspired by the nature around them. The men also use a little bag around the waist where they keep some coca leaves that is so because every time they meet another islander they greet each other exchanging some coca leaves!
The Taquilian's are most known by the fact that they're among the best weavers of Peru and that in Taquile opposing all other places this work is done mainly by man. They have such hability that you can see them going around the island weaving and doing other stuff at the same time. The women weave too, but they use different techniques and weave different products. As far as I could observe, they weave the belts and the man weaves the hats. Oposing the Uros Island, the Taquilians receive much less tourists especially on this part of the Island. They do not have any notion of money and don't bargain for their products. The guides help them to settle a price on the hats, belts and waistcoat they sell to tourists. Everything is tagged and has a fixed price. I didn't see the kind of work they sell there anywhere else, so it's worth having some money with you. I bought a bag for around 15 soles (some coca leaves inside for free!) and a belt for 14 soles. Besides the beauty of their work we are helping them to keep their unique and especial culture. More details on this wonderful warm people on the posts to come.

Picture was worked on PS to bring out the background sky.

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