SUPERB QUALITY KUNA SYMBOL GEOMETRIC MOLA SAN BLAS

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WHAT IS A MOLA????

Mola is the word for blouse used by the Kuna people living off the Northern Coast of Panama on the San Blas Islands. The mola is the most famous form of art produced in Panama . It is incorporated into a womanÂ's clothing, usually with one panel in the front of the blouse and a matching or related one on the back. Each mola is traditionally hand stitched using thousands of tiny stitches and layers of different material. The material is cut out, then tucked under, revealing selectively each layer of colored material beneath, forming the designs through a process of reverse appliqué. The Kuna create their mola artistry by drawing on ideas or narratives from their history, culture and beliefs. They usually portray birds, fish, family life, spirits and cultural designs, and their contemporary molas may include airplanes and warships, biblical themes, cartoon characters, national emblems or commercial ads. Although their traditional forms often utilize patterns from body painting, more recently they also incorporate styles from classical European and western art as well. The mola making tradition is a dying art form with the arrival of the sewing machine and the new generation of Kuna.

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