Totora plant

Cristina Quisbert
Posted November 25, 2008 from Bolivia
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There is a plant that grows up in the Titicaca Lake known as Totora. Sometimes it is two metres high, and peasants cut it. It is generally used to build totora boats, hats, small boats and small figures. Peasants enter the water to cut it and use donkeys to carry it to their homes.

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  • Lisa Hinton
    Nov 25, 2008
    Nov 25, 2008

    Your photos are so beautiful, Cristina. I look forward to catching a glimpse of your world when I log into PulseWire and see new photos from you.

    Thank you!

    Lisa

  • Cristina Quisbert
    Nov 28, 2008
    Nov 28, 2008

    Thanks a lot,

    Cristina

  • Jade Frank
    Nov 26, 2008
    Nov 26, 2008

    Yes, I remember this plant as well. I remember seeing the Totora boats and even a floating island in the lake made of Torora reeds. It's amazing what uses one plant can make and what an impact it can have on the daily survival and lifestyle of those who harness its properties.

    Beautiful pictures. Your photography takes me back to your land, your people and the spirit of your country.

    Cheers, Jade

  • Cristina Quisbert
    Nov 28, 2008
    Nov 28, 2008

    Totora has a lot of uses in rural area. It is used to cover the roofs of the houses for example. I don´t know yet the floating island in peruvian side but I have seen some pictures.

    Cristina,