RICH APPLIQUE TRADITION - CUNA MOLAS FROM CENTRAL AMERICA
COLLECTORS CORNER -
RICH APPLIQUE TRADITION –
CUNA MOLASFROM CENTRAL AMERICA
Presented by Professor Douglas Sanders
Saturday, 20th September 2014
The Cuna Indians who live in Central America are well known for their appliqué work on textiles. Most of these people live in the San Blas Islands, off the northeast coast of Panama. The images in their designs are known as molas, once traditional body paintings now draw inspiration from various sources such as birds, commercial logos, boats, and even from boxing matches. Some of the appliqué designs are geometric supplemented with decorative stitching.
About Professor Douglas Sanders
Professor Douglas Sanders spent time in Panama as volunteer advisor to the World Council of Indigenous people. He now resides in Thailand and has a collection of over 50 molas which he will display and discuss in detail.