in Panama by the Kuna Indians
Art, also called Kuna Mola, is an amazing creation by the women of the Kuna or
Cuna tribe from Central America. Living
directly on the San Blas Islands of Panama, these women create some of the most
gorgeous pieces of art imaginable. Using
a special applique process called reverse applique the women take
numerous layers of cloth, each of varying color.
These layers are then stitched together loosely while the top layers are
fine-tipped cut with special scissors. The
cut edges are then folded back at which time they are stitched to the bottom
word Mola translates into "blouse".
Although Mola Art was originally artwork done on women's blouses as a
means of adding beautiful color and design, today you will find Mola Art done on
more than just blouses and in many cases, used as an actual form of art that is
framed and proudly displayed. The
wonderful aspect of the Mola pieces is that they are all so unique and vibrant.
Women have the freedom to create beautiful designs of nature, which
today, has become an increasingly popular type of apparel worn in the United
States, Europe, and Asia.