2006-2009: Japan finances the project Strengthening the Transmission of the Textile Traditional Knowledge of Taquile (Peru)"
UNESCO has started to implement the Project entitled “Strengthening the Transmission of the Textile Traditional Knowledge of Taquile ( Peru )”. This traditional textile art was proclaimed Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2005.
This Project is financed under the UNESCO/Japan Funds-in-Trust for the Preservation and Promotion of the Intangible Cultural Heritage .
Context and Objectives of the Project:
Taquile island is situated on Lake Titicaca on the High Andean plateau, at an altitude of 3,810 meters. The community of Taquile has kept a social organization based on traditional pre-Hispanic models. The production of textile and colorful piece of knitwear, such as the famous Chullo knitted hat, are an ancient craft in Taquile.
Taquile have been isolated for a long time but has become a tourist spot since 1976. As a consequence, Taquile textiles are increasingly made to be sold to tourists and are threatened to loose their aesthetical and social meanings, all the more so as types of production and materials are changing. This is also caused by the rapid growth of Taquile's population, which has caused a shortage from resources. This may lead to the impoverishment of the textile art of Taquile.
Therefore, the objectives of this project terminated in June 2009 are to strengthen intergenerational transmission of the textile art, to promote it and to document and register the related know-how, oral memory and social practices.
The project's activities include:
- the creation of a local communal inventory, with the organization of workshops for a local research team and the formulation of research strategies and of a communal artisans fair.
- transmission of Taquile's textile art through intergenerational meetings, the creation of educational materials and a school contest
- documentation and promotional activities : the above-mentioned inventory will be published and a documentary will be filmed.
This project will contribute to a better knowledge and consciousness of the value of Taquile's textile art, and help maintaining and transmitting this cultural expression.
Masterpieces proclaimed in 2005 : Taquile and its Textile Art (Peru)
Copyright : 2013 Permanent Delegation of Japan to UNESCO