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108-024 Mola from Panama

The Mola, or Molas, is a hand-made textile that forms part of the traditional women's clothing of the indigenous Guna people from , Central America, and Colombia, South America.

Molas are hand-made using a reverse appliqué technique. Several layers (usually two to seven) of different-colored cloth (usually cotton) are sewn together; the design is then formed by cutting away parts of each layer. The edges of the layers are then turned under and sewn down. Often, the stitches are nearly invisible. This is achieved by using a thread the same color as the layer being sewn, sewing blind stitches, and sewing tiny stitches. The finest molas have extremely fine stitching, made using tiny needles.

This one has seven layers (green, black, blue, green, yellow, orange  and red)


a. Origin Panama
b. Estimated Age 20th century
c. Craft (Embroidery etc) Cotton; applique and embroidered
d. Size (mention cm/inches) 33 x 44 cm
e. Condition Report Very good
f. Damage & Shortcomings None
g. Item Location (Country) Greece
Seller Name Michael
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