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  • 1. Kuna Molas – How Do You Make One?Published by Panama Simple, June 21, 2013 | By Dennis SmithCreating a Mola Takes Time, Patience and CreativityThe Mola as sewn by the Kuna women in Panama has become a very popular art form. Though theMolas (blouse in Kuna) are intended for day-to-day wear, many see them as collector’s pieces. Hereis a quick guide on how to make Kuna Molas.A Mola panel can have two to seven layers of cloth. The layers of fabric, cut in rectangles from avariety of colors, are basted together, one layer at a time, and a design is sketched with pencil on thetop layer of cloth. The design is cut away, turned under and stitched. With each layer, the artist cutsaway another part of the design, turns the edges and stitches to the lower layers.
  • 2. This continues until the final image is achieved. The fabric most often selected for use in making aMola is cotton. Red, black and orange are the dominant colors used, however, every color imaginablecan be found in the accent fabrics used. Traditional Kuna Mola motifs stem from nature and everydaylife.Fabric is snipped away, closely following the design, to reveal the lower layer of fabric. The cut ismade through one or more layers to reveal the selected accent color. The raw edges of the cutsection are notched to avoid bunching, turned under and stitched, permanently exposing the lowerlayer of fabric and creating the intended pattern.The tools and supplies needed to design and make a Mola are simple and basic: cotton fabric, thread,a pencil, scissors, a thimble and a needle.Now you know the basics of the Kuna Molas. Good luck and enjoy your experiments.Culture in PanamaThis post was written byDennis Smith – who has written 74 posts on .Dennis Smith earns his living as a copywriter, online content creator & manager, writing business
  • 3. plans for small businesses and editing whatever is necessary. Dennis is also a certified InboundMarketer. He lives in Panama where he acts as a consultant for foreign businesses that want to enterthe country.