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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Mola Love

Before I collected fabric and sewing notions, I collected Molas. These reverse applique panels are made in the San Blas region of Panama by the Kuna Indians. The Indians made these textiles to decorate their clothing, so many that you find are worn and faded somewhat. The detail on these pieces is amazing. Layers of colorful fabrics exactingly cut and hand stitched to create geometric designs, birds, animals, fish, and more. Most have hand embroidered details as well. You should see how tiny these stitches are. Amazing.














8 comments:

  1. Love your MOLA's! I've been to Bocas del Toro Islands in Panama and there were many for sale there. Alas, my I had a beggar's budget and only purchased one, which I gifted to my mother. But I think they are very intriguing. What pieces of art. I didn't even trying to bargain the price down because I appreciated the work that goes into them. Lovely.

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  2. I have a quilt made with a mola in the centre. I posted it on my blog a while back.

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  4. ISO beautiful! I have long admired these creations and hope to own a few someday!

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  5. wow, what a gorgeous and varied collection!

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  6. Those are beautiful!! They would make a really pretty quilt all stitched together.

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