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

responded: May 14, 2012

Posted by Alex L

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The mola I designed uses an image of a rooster, I choose the rooster because I was born in the year of the rooster. The colors and the patterns were inspired by the traditional mola like the one you see in this picture. I also tried to imitate the style of how they create their animals. So this is my first attempt of creating a mola (digitally).

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