On Isla Taquile on Lake Titicaca, it is the men who knit. When inca children are at a very young age, their father teaches them the craft. They are eventually required to knit a hat in the traditional style with a colourful band around the head, floppy ear pieces and a white top piece that fell over to one side and which was embellished with a colourful tassel.

These colours denoted their availability for marriage. The hat then is tightly knit. If he wanted to express interest in a young woman he could present her with the hat. She tested his knitting skill by filling it with water. If it leaked, she handed it back! This island has been declared a world heritage site for its weaving and the role of textile in the cultural fabric of daily life.

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