A Fashionable Take on MOLA Textile Art. Authentic Traditional handmade MOLA made into original, sophisticated Clutch Bags & Totes. These beautifully handcrafted quality works of art are created by talented Artisan Guna Indian Women indigenous of the San Blas Islands of Panama and created into these unique bags in collaboration with Designer Alexandra Krajczyczek. Colorful, Fun & Unique yet rich in cultural and artistic heritage.
What Is A MOLA:
Mola is one-of-a-kind piece, a textile art telling stories of Gunas, an indigenous group of Panama and handmade by Guna women.
Molas are well known, especially among collectors. No two molas are alike. Molas are recognized as unique, original pieces of art.
Molas are done using a reverse appliqué technique and form a part of the traditional costume of a Guna woman that also consists of a patterned skirt, red and yellow headscarf, arm and leg beads and gold nose rings and earrings. Several layers (usually two to seven) of different-coloured cloth (usually cotton) are sewn together.
The Guna first used the geometrical patterns which have been used for body painting before application. The motifs are either geometric depicting maze like abstract patterns or figurative, featuring people, animals and birds that represent many traditional Guna myths and legends. It is assumed that the oldest molas are between 150 - 170 years old.
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