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RICH APPLIQUE TRADITION - CUNA MOLAS FROM CENTRAL AMERICA
The Cuna Indians who live in Central America are well known for their appliqué work on textiles.
Mola means blouse or clothing in the Kuna language, but the word also describes the colorful panels made of cotton fabric and thread. The ability to make a exquisite fine mola requires hours of careful sewing which elevates the status of the Kuna woman.
Once traditional body paintings, the Kuna now draw inspiration from various sources such as birds, life like and abstract designs of flowers, sea animals, commercial logos, boats, and even from boxing matches.
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 molas which he displayed and discussed in detail at the September 2014 Societies Collectors' Corner.
Some of the appliqué designs are geometric supplemented with decorative stitching