Molas are hand-made textiles that form part of the traditional women's clothing of the indigenous Kuna people of Panama and Colombia. As an inspiration for their designs, the Kuna first used the geometrical patterns that had previously been used for body painting. The decorative panels feature designs based on symbols and motifs from traditional Kuna legends, culture, and everyday life. Molas are hand-made using a reverse appliqué technique. Several layers (usually two to seven) of different-colored cloth (usually cotton) are sewn together; the design is then formed by cutting away parts of each layer. The edges of the layers are then turned under and sewn down.
Dimensions 13” X 18”