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Mola Kuna Native People Authentic Handmade Applique Textile Fashion Arts Ref 2487

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AUTHENTIC VINTAGE ETHNOGRAPHY
HANDMADE HAND-STICHED APPLIQUE
MOLA PIECE..

Washable by hand and cold water.
Beautiful handmade with the art of molas,
Richly decorated by intricated needlework,
Traditional of the Kuna People.
This can be used in many ways.
Exquisite Ethnic handmade pieces of art.
This piece is in great condition.No tears or holes.
This Mola is Vintage and shows some signs of wear.
AWESOME COLORS.
FOLK ART PANAMA
SAN BLAS ISLAND

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THE ART OF THE KUNA INDIANS:
Beautiful famous Molas by Kuna Indians: Are ethnographic Art coming from the rain forest along the Colombian-Panameniam border, by Kunas Natives. Mola is the Kuna Indian word for blouse, but the term Molas has come to mean the elaborated embroidered panels that make the front and back of a Kuna Woman!s blouse.
The art has been transmitted from grandmother mola maker to young daughters for centuries, putting in their work a definitive form of individual expression. Mola panels have become much sought after and collected examples of textile art. The artistry of a mola reflects a synthesis of traditional Kuna culture.
Kuna women have made their bright-colored and strikingly unique blouse panels for more than a hundred years. Made by hand with thousands of tiny stitches close together with several pieces of layers spending several days to make only one panel.
The process is very meticulous one of the artisans begins by stacking several squares of differently colored fabric on top of each other.
She cuts a pattern into the stacks, revealing just one of the underlayers. Each piece takes between one or three weeks to complete. The drawing represents the events of daily life: usually, they portrait animals, family life, or cultural designs that are as old as the kunas themselves: seashells, fishes, boats, fishermen, turtles, and a great variety of birds that are part of their surroundings the paradise as they call these Islands. The theme of Mola is determined by the imagination of the artist.
Objects observed in the course of their everyday routine or images etched in their mind from tales of prehistoric times.
The native women use the Mola as part of their traditional clothes. We realize the beauty of their work, using the Molas for purses, carpets to hanging, bags, stuffed animals, Christmas decorations, pillows, decorative items to frame, appliqued on quilts, or even, modern-day clothing with the color expression of this art. Molas are prized by folk art collectors and can be viewed at some of the finest museums of the world like the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. Any attempt to describe Molas using words is bound to come short. One thing is certain, once you have seen them you will never forget them ... These items are suggested for private ethnic collections and galleries or ethnic groups museums.
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Los Kuna, Cuna o Guna.
son un pueblo amerindio localizado en Panamá y Colombia. Su idioma hace parte de la familia lingüísticachibcha. En lengua kuna, se autodenominan como dule (Se pronuncia Tule) que significa "persona". (Por ejemplo, andule 'yo,' we dule 'esa persona.')
(Según las convenciones lingüísticas de este pueblo indígena su nombre se debe escribir Gunadule en la grafía aprobada en 2010 por el Congreso General de la Nación Gunadule, aunque su pronunciación se mantiene como ha sido tradicionalmente: suena Kuna Tule según la fonética de la lengua española.1 )
Su civilización ha salido en los medios masivos en 2014 al ser uno de los primeros pueblos que podrían ver afectada da manera drástica su vida milenaria por el cambio climático.
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The mola forms part of the traditional outfit of a Kuna woman, two mola panels being incorporated as front and back panels in a blouse. The full costume traditionally includes a patterned wrapped skirt (saburet), a red and yellow headscarf (musue), arm and leg beads (wini), a gold nose ring (olasu) and earrings in addition to the mola blouse (dulemor).[
In Dulegaya, the Kuna's native language, "mola" means "shirt" or "clothing". The mola originated with the tradition of Kuna women painting their bodies with geometrical designs, using available natural colors; in later years these same designs were woven in cotton, and later still, sewn using cloth bought from the European settlers of Panama.
Molas have their origin in body painting. Only after colonization by the Spanish and contact with missionaries did the Kuna start to transfer their traditional geometric designs on fabric, first by painting directly on the fabric and later by using the technique of reverse application. It is not known for certain when this technique was first used. It is assumed that the oldest molas are between 150 and 170 years old.
As an inspiration for their designs, the Kuna first used the geometrical patterns which have been used for body painting before. In the past 50 years, they also started to depict realistic and abstract designs of flowers, sea animals, and birds.
Depending on the tradition of each island, Kuna women begin with the crafting of molas either after they reach puberty, some even at a much younger age. Women who prefer to dress in western style are in the minority as well as in the communities in Panama City.
Molas have such an importance for the Kuna and their traditional identity that they can be made responsible for the independent status of the Comarca San Blas. After the attempt of the Panamanian government to "westernize" the Kuna at the beginning of the 20th century by forbidding their customs, their language, and their traditional dress, a huge wave of resistance arose. This resistance movement culminated in the Kuna revolution of 1925 where, after heavy battles, the Panamanian government had to make the concession of giving the Guna people the right to govern their own territory autonomously.
Molas are handmade using a reverse applique 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. The largest pattern is typically cut from the top layer, and progressively smaller patterns from each subsequent layer, thus revealing the colors beneath in successive layers. This basic scheme can be varied by cutting through multiple layers at once, hence varying the sequence of colors; some molas also incorporate patches of contrasting colors, included in the design at certain points to introduce additional variations of color.
Molas vary greatly in quality, and the pricing to buyers varies accordingly. A greater number of layers is generally a sign of higher quality; two-layer molas are common, but examples with four or more layers will demand a better price. The quality of stitching is also a factor, with the stitching on the best molas being close to invisible. Although some molas rely on embroidery to some degree to enhance the design, those which are made using only the pure reverse-applique technique (or nearly so) are considered better.
Molas will often be found for sale with signs of use, such as stitch marks around the edges; such imperfections indicate that the mola was made for use, and not simply for sale to tourists. A mola can take from two weeks to six months to make, depending on the complexity of the design.
The traditional costume of a Kuna woman consists of patterned blue cotton wrapped skirt, red and yellow headscarf, arm and leg beads, gold nose rings and earrings, and the many-layered and finely sewn mola panel blouse. The artistry of a mola reflects a synthesis of traditional Kuna culture with the influences of the modern world. Mola art developed when Kuna women had access to store-bought yard goods. Mola designs are often inspired by modern graphics such as political posters, labels, pictures from books and TV cartoons, as well as traditional themes from Kuna legends and culture.
Geometric molas are the most traditional, having developed from ancient body painting designs. Many hours of careful sewing are required to create a fine mola. The ability to make an outstanding mola is a source of status among Kuna women.
The quality of a mola is determined by such factors as
the number of layers
the fineness of the stitching
evenness and width of cutouts
addition of details such as zigzag borders, lattice-work or embroidery
the general artistic merit of the design and color combination.
When Kuna women tire of a particular blouse, they disassemble it and sell the molas to collectors.
Since mola panels have been worn as part of the traditional dress of a Kuna woman they often show signs of wear such as fading and stitch marks along the edges of the panels. These "imperfections" indicate that the mola is authentic and not made solely to be sold to tourists.
Molas are often sold in pairs, the pair consisting of the back and front panels of a blouse. The two molas are usually two variations on a theme. Matched molas complement each other and should be displayed or used together for the greatest impact.
Mola panels have many uses. They can be framed as art or made into pillows, placemats or wall hangings. Some people even make them into bedspreads or incorporate them into quilting projects.
Molas are very sturdy and well sewn. Authentic molas have already been washed many times and can be safely hand washed in warm water.
Molas may be purchased in Panama or in Colombia.
The mola blouse is an important symbol of Kuna culture.

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