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The Mundillo


[A woman from Santo Domingo weaving at a mundillo.]

A woman from Santo Domingo weaving at a mundillo.


[Decorations for the polleras. They were made on a mundillo.]

Decorations for the polleras. They were made on a mundillo.


[A closer view of the mundillo. You can see de pebble inside the cylinder.]

A closer view of the mundillo. You can see de pebble inside the cylinder.


[Another view that shows more details such as the pins and the handling of the threads.]

Another view that shows more details such as the pins and the handling of the threads.


[This is the final product of the use of the mundillo. This piece will be used for decorating a pollera.]

This is the final product of the use of the mundillo. This piece will be used for decorating a pollera.


By:

Marino Jaén Espinosa
2009-10-17

The mundillo is a device used by women for weaving threads that later could be used for many different pieces of attire, including polleras.

It is made up of a cylinder covered by several layers of fabric. There, pins are affixed in order to form the designs made up with threads. The mundillo is placed on top of a wooden base. Sometimes, in order to add weight a river pebble is added to the inside of the cylinder, so the mundillo does not move when the artizan is working on it.

In Panama, the mundillo can be seen mainly at the Azuero region, in the towns of San Jose and Santo Domingo.


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