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Art in Peru has been an important part of its culture for thousands of years dating back to pre-Inca times. Many skilled craftsmen continue the tradition today. Native Amerindians still spin cotton, llama, alpaca and sheep wool into yarn and weave the yarn into cloth that will be used to make clothing and other textiles. Weaving is not just limited to wool. Residents of the floating islands of Lake Titicaca weave reeds to build the islands and the houses where they live.Their weaving has distinctive colors and patterns that distinguish particular villages.
Other hand-made crafts include wood carving, jewelry and especially gold and silver. Retablos from Ayacucho are colorful wooden pottery that is made to reflect ancient Incan patterns and designs.
In Peru art can be traced back around the 9th century BC. The people worked with gold, silver, and ceramics producing symbolic works that are considered the beginnings of Peruvian art. The Inca Civilization, which incorporated Peru into its empire in the 15th century, was an important influence on Peruvian art. Relics from this era can be seen in Peruvian museums such as Museo de Arte de Lima, and Machu Picchu is a beautiful reminder of the Incan Empire and the most famous icon of Peruvian architecture.
Isla de los unos - Puno