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About this item: Dionisio Quilla marks the beat of Peru’s musical traditions with an small cajón drum. Quilla crafts the cajón from higuerilla wood. Literally meaning “box,” the cajón is hollow and features a hole on one side. The cajón is now recognized as one of Peru’s cultural patrimonies. Please note a cajón drum this size does not feature the internal strings that the larger versions do, nor is it large enough to sit upon.

About our Artist: The artistry of Dionisio Quilla has been featured in Natural Health magazine. Dionisio Quilla was born in Peru’s Puno province on October 3, 1942. He handcrafts 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. Quilla describes his work as a way of life, a special motivation, and an activity that has enabled him to provide for his family as well as an education for his six children. Now, four of his children are studying for a university degree and two are studying technical courses. Thanks to my hard work and my great customers, my children are able to get a higher education, says a proud Quilla. Three of…

Product Features

  • Authentic: an original NOVICA fair trade product in association with National Geographic.
  • Certified: comes with an official NOVICA Story Card certifying quality & authenticity.
  • NOVICA works with Dionisio Quilla (Peru) to craft this item.
  • Exceptional Quality: crafted with care to be treasured as a keepsake for many years to come.
  • Product info: Hiquerilla and MDFs