Blouse panel

This mola, which means “cloth” in the Kuna language, features a two-headed beast – half bird and half jaguar – accompanied by a smaller crocodile-like animal. Mola imagery is inspired by traditional Kuna symbols and stories, and by imported popular culture through books and advertisements. Used as decorative blouse panels, molas are hand-sewn using a reverse-appliqué technique.


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    North America: Central America, Panama, San Blas Islands

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    North America: Central America, Panama, San Blas Islands

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    North America: Central America, Panama, San Blas Islands

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If you created your own mola, what would it look like?

responded: Apr 17, 2010

Posted by Claudai

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I did create a mola back in the mid-90s when I was an undergrad at McMaster I was taking an indigenous studies course. I first saw molas in the Cuna Islands, so my my term project I made a mola of the Indigenous Studies Programme motif. I still recall the gasp from the class when I unrolled it. However, if I recall correctly the prof was not as impressed as I got a crappy B- on the assignment. programme link: http://www.mcmaster.ca/indigenous/index.html

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