Ann Turley – Country – Architecture
Lake Titicaca forms a portion of the border between Peru and Bolivia. The fairytale-like Uros Islands are made entirely from totora reeds; the lives of the inhabitants of these artificial islands are entirely dependent upon the reed beds they live among.
Totora reeds were first used centuries ago to build these islands on Lake Titicaca by the Uro-Aymara families who made their home on the lake. The local people’s boats are also made from totora reeds, and they use these vessels for fishing.
The construction of the reed islands are true feat, as new reeds must be constantly added to the top to replace ones on the bottom that have dissolved into the water. Reed houses, stone stoves and fireplaces, and watchtowers all have to be supported by the island, as well as the weight of the residents and any possessions or animals they own. The reeds can also be eaten as a natural iodine supplement.
(From peru.travel and peruhop.com)
MATERIALS: background is paper fused to muslin, then painted and stitched. The houses are constructed from narrow strips fused to Wonder Under, then stitched in place. Details for the fence, clothesline and garden are created with a Pigma Micron pen. Close up view: