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This is Qocha and her daughter Imasu
Qocha in Quechua (Inca dialect) means "Mountain lake" and Imasu means "Great beauty"!!!
Mother and daughter live along with 12 more members of their family in one of the floating islands in Lake Titicaca a few miles away from Puno in Perú
Their floating island belongs to the rest of 40-50 existing floating islands on the lake, they all are made by hand, by using local mud from the lake and stacking reeds on the top of the mud connecting them with long bamboo or wooden stakes
They both are Quechua women and their tradition of making handcrafts in memory of the Pacha Mama (Mother Earth),continues for generations.
They are using materials found in the Lake Titicaca including the natural coloring
Their art is to be admired and the most beautiful pieces of all are the hanging totoras
Their hair is braided and their clothes have always a combination of very bright colors something that shows of how happy they are in their simplicity
They sell those handcrafts for a few dollars and this way they can make some money to buy things that they like for themselves but also first necessity items for their little floating home, considering that their monthly income for the whole family does not go over two hundred dollars.
Qocha is very capable of doing embroidery by hand and she can create huge wall embroidery paintings, all with images and scenes of Pacha Mama
and Imasu can make beautiful pottery painted with bright and beautiful colors
The sun was very strong this very cold day of September but their hospitality and their art kept us warm with a big smile on our face!!

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