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The Cuna Indians who live in Central America are well known for their appliqué work on textiles.



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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.



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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.



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Presented by

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.



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Some of the appliqué designs are geometric supplemented with decorative stitching



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