Nilda Amaro Oscanoa
"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."
MY FAVORITE DAY AT CHURCH IS THE BLESSING OF THE THROATS - ST BLAISE DAY. I WAS SO HAPPY TO FIND THIS WEAVING ARTISTRY WITH MACHU PICHU IN THE BACKGROUND. IT IS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL. I HAVE BEEN WAITING A LONG TIME TO BUY THIS AND AM SO GLAD I FINALLY WAS ABLE TO MAKE THE PURCHASE AND THAT YOU STILL HAD IT AVAILABLE. THE WORK ON THIS WEAVING IS FANTASTIC. THANK YOU FOR YOUR GREAT LOOM WORK. I LOVE IT. I WANT TO TRY TO PUT IT UNDER GLASS AND FRAME IT FOR HANGING. WOW.THANK YOU SO MUCH. KIND REGARDS RACHEL CRONIN
- RACHEL C, OFALLON MISSOURI USA
I recently purchased 'Ancient Mystique' by Ms. Oscanoa and I'm thrilled with it! The vibrant colors and interesting composition make this a piece I will never tire of looking at. Ms. Oscanoa's talent with the loom is immense.
- Christine H, Ojai, CA USA
I am so delighted with the absolutely breathtaking tapestry by Nilda Amaro Oscanoa. It will be the highlight of my bedroom decorating and I definitely want to order more weavings from this very talented artist.
- Dorothy M, Austin, TX, U.S.
Dear Nilda, Thank you very much for your tapestry! I love it very, very much and hope to get more from you in the future. Best Regards Elena
- Elena I, Los Gatos, CA
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
- Lisa, Corralitos, California, 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:-)
- Lisa, Corralitos, California, USA
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
Ms. Oscanoa was one of our 5 choices for Christmas gifts. Her work immediately conveys what life must be like in the Andes. The colors were cheerful and the pattern of her tapestries also reflect her culture.
- Charles J
I recently received the "Picaflor of Tarma" tapestry I purchased from Ms. Oscanoa, and what an exquisite piece of artistry it is. The colors, the material and the craftsmanship are a delight to the eye. I am so pleased with it. Everytime I enter the room where it is displayed it brings a smile to my face. Thank you Ms. Oscanoa for such a wonderful piece of work and for sharing your gift and your culture with me and with everyone else who has the pleasure of owning your artwork!
- Theresa A. Califano, USA
The wall hanging "Women's Huddle" is absolutely stunning. I love it and cannot wait to have it framed so that I can hang it on my wall. You are a very talented lady. Thank you!!
- Camilla McKinney, United States
Very nice tapestry! Gorgeous colors. I love the way it was wrapped!
- Leslie Severance, USA
We loved the harpist tapestry. Just got it back from the framer's yesterday and it's hanging in a prominent place on our living room wall. The work is exquisite. Thank you very much Ms. Oscanoa.
- Elizabeth Price, Coconut Creek, FL