Free shipping on orders over $99* (exclusions apply). Free scarf with collection orders over $300.

0

Your Cart is Empty

by Cheryl McMullen April 21, 2010 1 min read 4 Comments

Molas are like sculptures in cloth. They are the indigenous folk art of the Kuna women living on the Caribbean islands off of Panama.  Molas are created in panels using a reverse applique technique that incorporates several layers of bright, cotton fabric.  When completed, these panels are fashioned into blouses with each mola panel telling a story.

Mola design motifs range anywhere from abstracts to flora and fauna, to popular culture, but it has not always been that way.  Before the Spanish arrived, the Kuna's decorated themselves with geometric patterns using body paint.  Then with the introduction of cloth, the islanders gravitated to the brightly colored fabric as their new medium of choice.   Naturally, their original motifs centered around their former body art designs, but now are more commercial.

Molas are now sought after by textile art collectors and designers.

If you are interested in collecting molas, the lady in the following video is an "expert".  A bit of a hard sell, but very informational.  Or you can visit the  San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles's website and see a video of their past exhibition: Fabric Tattoos, The Spirit of the Mola.


4 Responses

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

Thanks Laurie and welcome to our blog family!

Laurie
Laurie

May 16, 2016

OMG! The colors, the textures… I’m in love.

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

Not sure, but the video says “Panama”. A little research on UTube revealed: http://www.florymola.com so you might try that.

kathy
kathy

May 16, 2016

I love your video I like to know where is this store. Is it in Panama. I would like to go there. Kathy

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Double Talk

LAVENDER, LOCKED & LOADED
LAVENDER, LOCKED & LOADED

by Halley Sanford January 29, 2023 2 min read

Time to set your sights on this pretty pastel, because a hue dubbed “digital lavender” has been appellated by industry experts as the color of the year.
GET READY LIKE A REGULATOR
GET READY LIKE A REGULATOR

by Halley Sanford January 29, 2023 3 min read

Well, not really – Billy the Kid and his cronies donned nothing but dirt – but once again, super-stylist Lisa Martensen managed to create a look that was aesthetically pleasing yet felt authentic to the outlaw vibe.
REAP THE WHIRLWIND!
REAP THE WHIRLWIND!

by Halley Sanford January 29, 2023 2 min read 1 Comment

So, what exactly is the deal with this season’s signature print? Well, let’s just say it works on a lot of levels.