A flock of birds flies high above Andean peaks in an original composition by Nilda Amaro. She dyes the wool with natural pigments before weaving the piece on a handloom, in a style unique to San Pedro de las Cajas.
"I grew up amid looms and sheep's wool. From when I was little I have loved passing the thread through the loom...."
"I was born in a city famous tapestries of intricate techniques are our tradition. I inherited my art from my ancestors; ever since I can remember I have seen every one of my relatives weaving: great-grandparents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins and brothers. On occasion my mother, Eleuteria Oscanoa Montes, helps me to design and produce my weavings, and signs her work EOM. She continues to serve as an inspiration and support.
"That is to say, I grew up amid looms and sheep's wool. From when I was little I have loved passing the thread through the loom, imagining a bedcover for my doll. As I grew up the game became an obligation - my brothers and I had to collaborate with our parents in order to complete the tasks that the handicrafts stores gave my parents. This is how I discovered my style.
"I enjoy making Cubist-style designs inspired by our folklore and everyday scenes from my village. To weave the tapestries I use sheep's wool, which I color with natural dyes such as tara, walnut, and one derived from the cochineal insect, etc. Currently I am living in the city and I am married."
Received my Guadalupe tapestry today. Its a beautiful item and very well made. The tapestry will have a place of honor in my house. Gracias Nilda. My morenita esta muy hermosa. Lorenzo M. Guerrero, Aurora, Colorado USA
Greetings, Miss Oscanoa! I am so fortunate to have in my home your exquisite wool tapestry, ""Village Lane."" I hung it up a couple of days ago and it has transformed the feeling of our living space. The many colors combined with the depth of your vision provides a delightful viewing experience for my partner and I, plus all the family and friends who will now get to see it! You truly are a gifted artisan -- please know in your heart how much joy your craft brings us. We feel as though we can almost breathe the high-mountain Andean air of your village. Your tapestry inspires us and always will. We look forward to seeing more of your work and we share Novica and your name with our friends and family! Thank you, kindly:-)
Hello, Nilda! I am so fortunate to have acquired your beautiful tapestry, ""Village Lane,"" and I spent my morning hanging it in our living room. Your tapestry is so beautiful and alive with life that it is the highlight of the entire room! The colors and the Andean scene bring a dimension to our room that is beyond words...I feel happiness and joy every second that I look at it. Thank you for sharing your talent with the world...I will certainly buy more of your work in the near future! Keep this Peruvian traditional craft alive -- many of us treasure the opportunity to buy traditional, cultural art! Viva Novica! Lisa