To Mario Amano.

Resilience involves having the ability to adapt and react in the face of adverse conditions or situations.      

The recent passing of Mario Amano Watanabe indeed requires an enormous display of resilience in order to cope with the profound sorrow it has brought us.

Mario was born to Yoshitaro Amano and Rosa Watanabe, who worked arduously throughout their lives, especially by means of the Amano Museum, to recover and promote knowledge about Peru’s cultural heritage, particularly the exquisite pre-Hispanic textile tradition.

This love for our culture was inherited by Mario, who devoted his entire life to a cultural and philanthropic vocation: to continue the exceptional investigation and conservation work begun by his noble father.

At Michell we had the privilege of working with Mario Amano in his tireless efforts to preserve the priceless family legacy, the Amano Museum, an immense heritage for Peru and mankind.  We bore witness to his dreams and we had the honour of helping to fulfil some of them, such as the inauguration of an absolutely perfect branch of the Amano Museum in Arequipa, an example of Mario’s human profile and his love for all Peruvian things.

We express our most sincere condolences to the Amano family and our solidarity with its members.  Mario Amano has earned our eternal appreciation for having continued to make Peru a birthplace of culture, for illuminating us with that passion for what is ours and for extending us his cheerful and enlightened friendship which will accompany us much farther than any adversity.

We thank you infinitely, Mario Amano; your leaving was sorrowful, your memory monumental!

Culture-laden Alpaca shawls and scarves – New AMANO MUSEUM Arrivals

When an artist has something to say they express themselves in more ways than we could count, it’s a job for an artist to capture the essence of our Andean Heritage and transform this incredibly rich source of inspiration in a new majestic piece of art.

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The Amano Museum Collection it’s not other than the perfect example of a beautiful piece that bases its inspiration in the marvelous textiles of the pre-Columbian Andean cultures, in their forms, contrasts, and histories.

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This collection now includes three more cultures as a source of inspiration Chavin, Chimu and Inca reinterpreting the designs created by the ancient Andean people to represent not only their most sacred beliefs but their everyday chores in a delicate and complex way.

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The Amano Museum was founded in 1964 by the initiative of the Japanese businessman Yoshitaro Amano, to preserve the cultural heritage so that it can be admired for next generations to come. Located in one of the first buildings that were designed as a museum, it soon became one of the most important exhibition spaces for Peruvian Textile art.

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