Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Fifth Grade Molas

What are molas?  Molas are a unique art form constructed from layers of cloth that are cut and stitched into extraordinarily colorful and intricate motifs.  Molas are worn by Kuna women as part of their everyday garments and along with head cloths and jewelry, are markers of Kuna identity.  The Kuna people live on Panama's east coast on a coral reef archipelago called San Blas. (LACMA, 2012)

From my research, Rita Smith seems to be the outstanding mola maker.  Rita Smith Mola Information

Here is a great video by HessJaffrey that I found on YouTube.  The video provides a close up look at life in the village.  San Blas Islands-Mola Making Village

I used this video to introduce how to make molas. Mola Maker Video

There are so many different colors in the molas!  As an art teacher, I am truly amazed at the work of these amazing ladies.

"Different Colors" by Walk the Moon


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