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2 Fantabulous Folk Art…Mola Art

3 Situated in the Caribbean Sea a few miles off the north coast of Panama, the San Blas de Cuna Islands are the home of the Cuna, a traditional society of Native Americans. Lets Visit

4 These tropical islands are small and many are surrounded by coral reefs. The islands are part of Panama, but are primarily run by the Cuna tribe.

5 In 1513, Spanish explorer Vasco de Balboa invaded Panama. In 1513, Spanish explorer Vasco de Balboa invaded Panama. The Cuna fought him for the mainland. The Cuna fought him for the mainland. Around 160 years ago the Cuna escaped to San Blas Island in cayucos. Around 160 years ago the Cuna escaped to San Blas Island in cayucos. How did the Cuna come to live on the island of San Blas?

6 Who Are the Cuna? Strongly knit tribal society Moral and matriarchal society Daughters are prized Divorce is uncommon Have a tradition or ritual for every event Traditions are passed down orally or through molas

7 A day in the life of the Cuna MEN: Paddle to the mainland in cayucos to tend their fields. Paddle to the mainland in cayucos to tend their fields. Fish for lobsters, red snappers, swordfish, sharks, and manta ray. Fish for lobsters, red snappers, swordfish, sharks, and manta ray. Bring home firewood and river water for the village. Bring home firewood and river water for the village.

8 A day in the life of Cuna WOMEN: Perform chores Perform chores Take care of family and animals Take care of family and animals Fetch water Fetch water Cook and tend Cook and tend the fires in the sokakka the fires in the sokakka Work on their Molas Work on their Molas

9 A day in the life of the Cuna KIDS: Kids go to school just like you Kids go to school just like you Unlike the homes, schools are built of cement blocks Unlike the homes, schools are built of cement blocks Students are taught to speak and write in Spanish Students are taught to speak and write in Spanish

10 What is a Mola? Mola is the Cuna word for cloth Mola is the Cuna word for cloth In reverse appliqué, the women layer fabric and cut intricate patterns, exposing colors in the underlying pieces of fabric. In reverse appliqué, the women layer fabric and cut intricate patterns, exposing colors in the underlying pieces of fabric. Molas are sewn with almost invisible stitches. Molas are sewn with almost invisible stitches.

11 Cuna Indian women spend many hours hand sewing these fabulous "molas" to be worn on both sides of their blouses.

12 All genuine Molas are created and worn by Cuna women. All genuine Molas are created and worn by Cuna women. Many hours of careful sewing are required to create a fine mola. Many hours of careful sewing are required to create a fine mola. Designs are always original and are an opportunity for women to express themselves and demonstrate their talent. Designs are always original and are an opportunity for women to express themselves and demonstrate their talent. The ability to make an outstanding mola is a source of status. The ability to make an outstanding mola is a source of status.

13 Why are the women so important? With increased tourism, the demand for molas has grown and has become a source of economic prosperity.

14 What to do with a Mola… Framed as Art Framed as Art Pillows Pillows Place mats Place mats Bedspreads or Quilts Bedspreads or Quilts

15 Mola Criteria: Balance Balance A Central Motif A Central Motif Smooth, Even, and Narrow Lines Smooth, Even, and Narrow Lines Nearly Invisible Stitching Nearly Invisible Stitching Many Layers of Fabric Many Layers of Fabric Intricate Cutouts Intricate Cutouts Addition of Details Addition of Details

16 Typical Mola Motifs: Geometric Geometric Mythological / biblical Mythological / biblical Animals or marine life Animals or marine life Dominant Mola Colors: Red or Orange, & Black Dominant Mola Colors: Red or Orange, & Black 14 14 Inspired by the things they see in their everyday lives.

17 Parrots, storks, and turkeys live around these islands & are held in high esteem by mola makers.

18 Nautical themes are popular to the people living in the midst of a vast sea.

19 Compare and Contrast How are these two artworks similar?How are these two artworks similar? How are they different?How are they different?

20 Compare and Contrast How are these two artworks similar?How are these two artworks similar? How are they different?How are they different?

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22 Molas are one of the primary expressions of the visual arts in Cuna society.


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