Panama is in total lockdown. No tourists, no sales, no food, no medicine. That is what is happening to the Kuna, Wounaan and Embera tribes in Panama. We have worked with them since 1990 and know they are desperate. Traderbrock, Molamagic and Molamadness will match all sales revenue and use it to purchase molas, tagua carvings and baskets for the next 60 days. We have church pastors and others that sell regularly to us via photos and payment through Western Union. The art is shipped through the mail. We have been doing this for years but now it is critical to help the poorest of the poor. Please share this message with your friends.
Panamá está en un encierro total. Sin turistas, sin ventas, sin comida, sin medicinas. Eso es lo que les está pasando a las tribus Kuna, Woumaan y Embera en Panamá. Hemos trabajado con ellos desde 1990 y sabemos que están desesperados. Traderbrock, Molamagic y Molamadness igualarán todos los ingresos de ventas y lo utilizarán para comprar molas, tallas de tagua y cestas durante los próximos 60 días. Tenemos pastores de iglesias y otros que nos venden regularmente a través de fotos y pagos a través de Western Union. El arte se envía por correo. Hemos estado haciendo esto durante años, pero ahora es fundamental ayudar a los más pobres de los pobres. Por favor, comparta este mensaje con sus amigos.
This mola measures 12.5" x 18". This mola is primarily machine- stitched. It is worth taking a moment to explain how machine-stitching got its start with the Kunas. Back in the 1960’s some well intentioned Peace Corps volunteers saw that it took a long time to make a mola. Well, put two and two together and the volunteers had a neat project to help the Kunas. Only one problem...the customers like hand-stitching. So today very few mola artists use sewing machines to make molas. They might use them to make mola decorated clothes or other products using mola but machine-stitched molas are a no-no among the artists. Sometimes you might see a line of machine stitching near the top or bottom of a mola. That is because they do use machines to attach molas to their colorful blouses. So what does all this mean? Well, machine molas are becoming scarce. The ones you see today may very well be from those early days in in the 1960’s. So I buy them up when I get the chance... thinking, "they ain’t making these things anymore." Click above for the larger images.