Vintage 70’s Framed Mola Textile Art (Panama)


This is a vintage framed Mola textile in very good condition. Wired on the back side & ready to mount. Textile and wood frame are also both in tact with a small nick in the wood. Measures 16” tall by 17” wide.

About: Mola, which originally meant bird plumage, is the Kuna Indian word for clothing, specifically blouse, and the word mola has come to mean the elaborate embroidered panels that make up the front and back of a Kuna woman’s traditional blouse. A traditional mola is assembled using the technique of reverse applique on several layers of cotton fabric. Today, both in Panama and Colombia, Kuna people sell their molas to tourists, but not as clothing because they don’t want tourists wearing their traditional clothing. So, smaller swatches have been sold for decades, and framed as art and used for decorative purposes. 

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