Mola Designs: Patterns from Panama Colouring Book for All Ages
The Kuna Indian women of the San Blas Archipelago, a 140-mile group of islands off the Gulf Coast of Panama, have sewn and worn molas for a century or more. Mola, a Kuna word for blouse, also refers to the decorative panels that make up parts of the traditional blouse. Molas may be adorned with abstract or geometric shapes, plants and animals, representations of daily life, or, more recently, icons from outside cultures.
The Kuna seamstress stacks layers of coloured fabric and cuts the upper layers to expose the contrasting underlying colours, turning the edges under and stitching them. She may further ornament the mola with appliqué and embroidery.
Every mola is a thoughtful statement of the creator’s personality and relationship with her culture. This colouring book presents twenty-two unique expressions of a living, thriving tradition.
The Museum of International Folk Art, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is the largest museum of its kind in the world and is dedicated to celebrating the artistic traditions and designs of the world’s cultures. Click here to learn more.
Includes 22 molas, Kuna, San Blas Islands, Panama.
The colouring pencils we stock are an ideal medium for this colouring book. Intensely coloured and soft, they’re great for blending and shading. And being a dry and relatively hard medium, won’t cockle the paper or smudge either. View our range of colouring pencils.