TWO BIRDS ENGAGE IN RITUAL BATTLE ~ KUNA MOLA
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Very well Made With Tiny Hand Stitching, Straight, Narrow and Even Lines and Cuts, Excellent Background Filler, Fine Workmanship and Design Plus the Two Birds As the Subject.
I TRY TO MAKE AN ANNUAL PANAMA TRIP TO PURCHASE MOLAS AND VISIT FAMILY WHO LIVE THERE. I USUALLY HAVE ON HAND SOME VERY OUTSTANDING MOLAS, LOTS OF MOLITAS, AND A FEW OTHER KUNA ITEMS. ALSO A FEW ITEMS FROM NICARAGUA, ECUADOR, PERU, EL SALVADOR, GUATAMALA AND HAITI SO BE WATCHING FOR MANY BEAUTIFUL AND FUN PIECES OF ETHNIC ARTS AND CRAFTS.
Sometimes questions arise about what is "authentic" when it comes to mola material and construction. The Kuna women love to use polyester or other man made fabrics for their own use. Those materials are long lasting and soft against their skin. Besides that, they tend to like the shiney look of some of the man made materials.
Many Western buyers prefer 100% cotton, thinking that it is more authentic. That is not necessarily so today. When I am shopping I try to buy cotton as much as possible, but only because many of my customers prefer that, not because that is more typical of the Kuna's own preferences.
Most molas are still completely hand made and I do try to buy mostly hand made items. However, when the Kuna ladies have the option to