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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  • Blouse Panel

    Blouse Panel

    North America: Central America, Panama, San Blas Islands

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    Blouse Panel

    North America: Central America, Panama: San Blas Islands

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How have mola panel designs changed over time?

responded: Dec 14, 2011

Posted by Edie

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I recently acquired a mola, professionally framed. At first I debated whether to get it; (I budget.) Now that I have it on my wall I am thrilled every time I view it. Its pattern is concentric circles in measured distances of bright and dark colours. A bright royal blue pops off a subdued burgundy. I haven't seen its kind in any texts or online images. I'm so pleased to enjoy it's mandala complexity. I wonder about its origins and whose hands it passed through. As with all fine art crafts. No pictures of it, sorry.

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