Don Dionisio Quilla describes his work as a way of life, a special motivation, and an activity that has enabled him to provide for his family.
Dionisio Quilla was born in Peru's Puno province on October 3, 1942. He hand-crafts most traditional Peruvian musical instruments, including percussion such as bombos, drums and tinyas,; string instruments such as charangos and wind instruments like quena and zampoña. Quilla uses wood and bamboo canes, nylon strings and colorful cotton threads to imbue each instrument with a Cuzco flair.
When he was eight years old, Quilla begin to learn his craft from his father, and started making instruments just for fun. Gradually, his technique began to improve and Quilla became more involved in the elaboration process. As a teenager, Quilla accompanied his father to sell their instruments to stores and fairs around Cuzco, Ayacucho and Lima.
In 1988, Quilla moved to Lima with his family. He settled in the outskirts of the city and continued the crafting of musical instruments, while gradually making contacts to sell them.
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