In the meanwhile women do ALL THE HARD WORK. They take care of the children, the house, the crops, they carry the heavy stuff from the boats...
They wear no hats, just that dark clothes on the head and colourful dresses.
- Budget Travel
Men have a really curious role here in Taquile. Their main task seems to be sitting at the main square all day, chatting and KNITTING! They are in charge of making the unusual clothes they wear, that are a reminiscent of the Spanish heritage.
They are also in charge of the shops for tourists, selling all the stuff they knit...
- Historical Travel
There are just a few villages here and they are all organised in communities, so they share services and there is not really private property. All the restaurants here are run by the community and all the benefits revert into social works.
In fact, if you come on your own, you have to pay an entrance fee of 2 soles (less than 1USD) that goes to the community too.
- Budget Travel
Red & White cap? So, you are single!
As said before, one custom here makes all the guys work and create handly pullovers and caps and so on..it is a pretty strange impact for me...
If you wanna detect if a person is married or single, (a guy) you just need to check the colour of his cap...
If the top is white, he is single, if the cap is all red, then he is married...
Women not only tie up their husbands, but also their sheep, with yarns. Ownership can be told from the colors of the yarn used, and/or the type of yarn balls.
This is the only place that I saw some sheep with two of their legs on the same side tied up with yarn. The purpose? So that they cannot run too far away.
The knit hat men wear having sort of two parts: the part on head, and a tail.
A single man wears a red hat with a white tail. If you swing the tail from left to right (or right to left) that means you are looking for a girlfriend.
A married man wears a red hat with a red tail. A married man is not only ‘tied a knot’ with her wife, but tied up everyday with her hair at the waist, well, by the beautiful belt she wove and with her hair in it! Dare never give it to someone else!
Everyone on the island knits, even very young boys do. Being a young man, if you do not know how to knit, do not even dream of having a girlfriend!