Taquile

Taquile

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Taquile is an island on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca 45 km offshore from the city of Puno. About 2,200 people live on the island, which is 5.5 by 1.6 km in size (maximum measurements). In 2005, "Taquile and Its Textile Art" were honored by being proclaimed "Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity" by UNESCO. The inhabitants of the island are known for their fine handwoven textiles and clothing, which are regarded as among the highest-quality handicrafts in Peru. Knitting is exclusively performed by males, starting at the age of eight years old. The women exclusively make yarn and weave. The economy is based on fishing, terraced farming horticulture based on potatoe cultivation, and tourist-generated income from the approximately 40,000 tourists who visit the Island each year.

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