Kuna Mola
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Kuna Mola

Molas are women’s blouses made by the Kuna of northeastern Panama. The mola tradition is only about a hundred years old, but it is very important to the identity of the Kuna. The patterns originated in body paint and are made of many layers of bright cloth cut and stitched to create complex designs. The designs are often based on plants and animals and even events that are important in the lives of the Kuna as well as on things from the outside world, like Tony the Tiger from cereal boxes and images from basketball games or from greeting cards. This mola uses red, yellow and blue, colors that were used in body painting.


        --Marty, Potawatomi