|Type:||Clothing - Garment|
|Place Made:||North America: Central America, Panama, San Blas Islands|
|Period:||Late 20th century|
|Dimensions:||L 48 cm x W 70 cm|
|Techniques:||Printed; hand-sewn; reverse appliquéd; embroidered; appliquéd|
|Credit:||Gift of Audrey Hozack|
The Kuna people inhabit the San Blas islands off the coast of Panama. After centuries of struggle with the English, French and Spanish, the Kuna are now self-governing. A mola is a blouse worn by Kuna women. This mola features two similar (but not identical) panels on the front and back showing two fish swimming in opposite directions. Molas often show creatures swimming, flying and crawling, though they are also used as a canvas for political themes.