The art of being Kuna: Molas
June 30, 2004 12:36 PM Subscribe
The art of being Kuna
- the Kuna, an aboriginal people living off the coast of Panama, are perhaps most famous for their colorful fabric panels called molas
. The Kuna women
wear these embroidered appliques on blouses. The most prized specimens are those that show some sign of wear, such as fading, distress, or stitch marks, indicating authentic
molas rather than ones produced for tourists. If you'd like to try your hand at making a mola, the 5th grade class at Highland Park
can show you how.