The 'Totora Cube' Project Investigates Incan Use of Totora Fibers

By: Joey Haar - Dec 29, 2016
References: archquid.org & archdaily
The 'Totora Cube' project is an attempt to research the traditional practices of the Inca people through material praxis rather than obscure historical texts. Archquid, the self-titled "think-act tank" behind the Totora Cube project, has collaborated with the indigenous community of San Rafael de la Laguna, Ecuador, to create and display the various ways that that culture manipulates the totora plant.

Totora is a subspecies of the giant bulrush sedge, which is native to Ecuador. The plant's fibers have been used since pre-Inca times in a variety of different ways, and many of these traditional uses live on in the modern indigenous communities. Archquid's Totora Cube project creates a series of experimental cubes whose panels highlight the colors and materials that this Totora fiber can make.