Totora

While exploring and researching about Natural Fibres, we came across Totora Reed – A sedge grass which grows mainly on the banks of the Lake Titicaca in Peru and Easter Islands.

The people of the mid – coast region of Peru have also used totora to build their caballitos de totora, small rowed and straddled fishing vessels, houses, hats, etc.

Totora reed is also used by the Rapanui People of the Easter Islands for roof thatching, pora (swimming aids) and for recreation purposes.

The uru people are an indigenous tribe that predates the Inca Civilization. They live on Lake Titicaca upon floating islands fashioned from totota reed.  The uru people also use the totora reed to make boats and houses etc.

Here is a video on the Uros Floating Reed Islands of Lake Titicaca.

Enjoy!

 

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