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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.

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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.
Kuna Indian Hand-Stitched Bird Head Mola-Panama 106263

Kuna Indian Hand-Stitched Bird Head Mola-Panama 106263

$ 22.99

This mola measures about 11.5" x 14". 

The Mola Story

A short 30 minute flight from Panama City will take you several centuries back into the past, as you visit the San Blas Islands of the Kuna people, who still keep their old lifestyle and traditions.

The Archipelago is composed of over three hundred islands, some inhabited, some not, some named others remaining nameless to this day, all of them surrounded with crystal clear waters. It is Paradise found.

The Kuna people wear dresses adorned with hand made molas, as well as colored bead ornaments on their wrists and ankles. Chains, pectorals, a red headress, and gold noserings complete their every-day attire.


Your adventure at San Blas could be a stay at an uninhabited island, a fishing tour, dancing and traditional rites, diving and spear-gun fishing, the enjoyment of the crystalline waters or merely the peace of a hammock swung by the wind.

But to complete your visit you will undoubtably purchase a souvenir mola to remember your adventure.

Molas are undoubtedly the most famous art produced in Panama. The Kuna women have been sewing these works of art for years. They incorporate them into their clothing, usually with one mola serving as the front of the blouse, and another for the back. The mola is often described as a reverse appliqué. For each color of cloth that you see there is a piece of cloth of that color sewn into the mola. Each mola is hand-stitched with thousand of stitches. The theme of the mola is determined by the imagination of the artist.


Once assembled, they are placed on both the lower front and lower back of a blouse. These colorful blouses are only part of the daily attire worn by the Kuna women of Central America. The mola blouses, and mola panels, in and of themselves, have come to be prized collectibles among textile enthusiasts and museums.

The way that Kuna women dress has come to symbolize their �Kunaness,� . In addition to mola blouses, women wear imported red and yellow head scarves, wrap around skirts, gold nose rings and earrings, and rectangular units of decorative beads which encircle calves and forearms. In addition, a black stripe is painted on the nose and runs the full length of it. This practice is thought to enhance beauty, and is a reminder of the more extensive body painting practices of former times. Women sometimes paint their faces with a rouge made from achiote seeds. Mola making itself originated with the Kuna in the second half of the nineteenth century.

Unalike Mola panels are made in pairs, although they are purposely not exactly alike. The Kuna believe that everything in the universe comes in pairs, but like man and woman, each is dissimilar. Molas themselves, which possess numerous layers of cloth, seem to be symbolically representative of the Kuna legends about how the earth was created in various colored layers. An example of two similar yet incongruent molas are shown here in this pair that feature geometric patterns.
Our representatives personally know the Kuna artists and have purchased thousands of Molas so that you too can appreciate this rare and delicate art form. The only REAL molas are the hand-sewn molas of the Kuna people, accept no substitutions, these are the real McCoy!



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