Hermit Crab Sand Design Panama Mola
Hermit Crab Sand Design Panama Mola
Hermit Crab Sand Design Panama Mola
Hermit Crab Sand Design Panama Mola
Hermit Crab Sand Design Panama Mola
Hermit Crab Sand Design Panama Mola
Hermit Crab Sand Design Panama Mola
Hermit Crab Sand Design Panama Mola
Hermit Crab Sand Design Panama Mola
Hermit Crab Sand Design Panama Mola

Hermit Crab Sand Design Panama Mola


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  • Handmade in Panama
  • Fair Trade
  • Width: 16.0"
  • Height: 12.0"

Handmade Panama Vintage Mola Latin American Home Decor

A friend looked at our molas and said, "these are hand-stitched paintings.

This design is the trail left in the sand by a Hermit crab. It has both hand and machine stitching.

ARTISAN MADE: by Panamanian indigenous artisans using sewing techniques that are rooted deep inGuna formerly know as Kuna traditions. Created by hand, demonstrating the unique skill of the Panama artisan community, and supporting one-of-a-kind pieces of Art.

FAIR TRADE & MADE IN PANAMA: Made under safe working conditions and fair income. MolaMagic provides equitable trade opportunities, Job development skill training and promoting responsible production in the Panamanian economy. Our handsewn Molas are proudly made in Panama.

THE MOLA STORY: Molas are undoubtedly the most famous art produced in Panama. The Guna formerly know as Kuna women have been sewing these works of arts for centuries. Molas are hand-made using a reverse appliqué technique using several layers of different colored cloth. The largest pattern is typically cut from the top layer and smaller patterns from each underlying layer. Geometric molas are the most traditional. Originating from ancient body paintings. Designs usually portray wildlife in the Rainforest. Inspiration comes from the nature and beauty that surrounds them.

WOMENFOUNDED:MolaMagic was envisioned by Janet Marie Brockman with the mission to empower the Indigenous Women of Color of Panama by helping them reach a global market for their handmade products. For the past twenty years all sales revenues have been reinvested into the artisan community of Panama. This includes education, medical care, land purchase, tools, and other needs.

  • 12" Height x 16" Width
  • Fair Trade
  • Handmade in Panama
  • SKU: 22051687T

MACHINE WASHABLE To clean, machine wash in cold water on gentle cycle tumble dry on low, do not bleach or iron

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Three Kuna women skillfully sewing a vibrant mola, a traditional textile art, for sale on TraderBrock.com, where you can find unique handcrafted items.

Fair Trade

Made in Panama

by talented artisans, supporting local communities and preserving their rich cultural heritage

Creating a Mola

starts with layering colorful
cotton fabrics and cutting intricate patterns, revealing the colors underneath.
Guna artisans then use appliqué and reverse appliqué techniques, often adding
detailed embroidery to produce a stunning, unique piece of textile art.

meaning behind the designs


Molas often feature depictions of animals, such as birds, fish, and
turtles. These designs may be realistic or abstract, and can include multiple animals in a single mola.


Many molas feature intricate geometric patterns, such as squares,
triangles, diamonds, and zigzags. These designs often incorporate
multiple colors and may be symmetrical or asymmetrical.


Molas may also feature floral designs, such as flowers, leaves, and
vines. These designs may be realistic or stylized and may incorporate
multiple colors.

Mythical creatures

Some molas depict mythical creatures, such as dragons or mermaids. These
designs may be highly stylized and may incorporate multiple animals or

Cultural symbols

Molas may also incorporate cultural symbols, such as the Kuna flag or
traditional Kuna clothing. These designs may be highly symbolic and
meaningful to the Kuna people.


Some molas depict landscapes, such as mountains, rivers, or the ocean.
These designs may be highly detailed and may incorporate multiple colors
and textures.

Cultural Meaning

represent artistic expression, identity, and heritage, often showcasing
traditional myths, stories, and elements of daily life. As an integral
part of Guna women's clothing, Molas embody their rich history,
traditions, and cultural pride.

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