The Kuna Mola
The molas are handmade by Kuna women.
Here is a finished mola. Many colors are displayed as a result of the many layers of fabrics used.
The mola is sewn as a decoration of the blouse of the traditional Kuna woman's attire.
In recent years, molas have been incorporated to the design of non-traditional clothing and other items.
Mola is the name of a textile handicraft created by women of the Kuna ethnic group in Panama. It is basically a rectangle made of several layers of fabrics of different colors that are cut and sewn together in order to display geometrical shapes and schematic representations of animals and plants. The resulting creation is then sewn to the blouses worn by Kuna women as their daily traditional attire.
In addition to being the traditional dress of the Kuna women, the mola has made it to mainstream items such as shirts, purses, framed wall decoration and many other items inspired in this cultural heritage element of Panama.