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.
These Kuna Molas measure about 16" x 11" each.
When we buy molas there are always some that don't really measure up to our standards. This happens because of the way we buy...in quantity. We don't even see a lot of the molas until we get home. So we shoot the photos and give buyers a BARGAIN. Seamstresses tell me they like them because they can cut them and then add pieces to their own creations. Have at it!!
These molas are Machine-Stitched.
Machine stitching started in the 1960's when the Peace Corps introduced sewing machines to the Kunas. It was well intended but collectors wanted hand-stitching so most artists went back to the traditional way of making molas. I still find machine-stitched molas from time to time and frankly, I sometimes like the designs just as much as the hand-stitched molas. Many of these machine-stitched molas have been removed from the artist's blouses.
If you are going to make a pillow, quilt or frame it the machine stitching isn't visible. So have at it.
The prices reflect the machine-stitching.