The Woven Grass Bridge of Peru

SmithsonianNMAI
Monday, 15th February 2016

Every year in Peru, communities living either side of the Apurimac River Canyon, replace the Q'eswachaka bridge, which is made from woven grass.

This bridge and its tradition has been in place since the time of the Inka, and it is their engineering techniques of woven grass that is used to create a strong bridge.

It takes just three days to replace the previous bridge, which is then dropped into the river.

Once the new bridge has been woven in to place, the communities come together to celebrate.

A beautiful story of collaboration, natural building techniques and tradition.

Further resources

Sustainable architecture: the living bridges of Meghalaya

How to grow a living willow bridge in PM87

Watch: Sustainable living architecture in India - Incredible!

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