N° 11 (AED 500)

N° 11 (AED 500)

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The Kuna imagination derives directly from nature. Using reverse applique technique, Kuna women weave images from their daily life and surroundings into their apparel- the sun, moon, stars, turtles, oars etc. What used to be body art, molas gradually transferred to clothes when the Spanish Conquistadores objected to body painting which they thought to be part of pagan rituals. Some hold French Huguenots responsible for this change and influence.  An average mola measures 18 inches x 14 inches, however that varies depending on who it is sown for.

RWTs favourite mola, this vibrant three layer mola shows ‘maracas’, the hand-held rattle instrument used by Kuna women during ceremonial dances.

Traditionally, a group of 6 men and 6 women dance in a circle, weaving and cutting across the circle in complex patterns. While the women hold maracas made out of gourds and pebbles, men play the ‘gammuburwi’, a panpipe made out of bamboo.

Product Information

All pieces are unique, since they are handcrafted. Minor variations and aberrations lend to each piece's uniqueness.

Handcrafted in: Panama

Materials used: Cloth

Dimensions: L 42.5cm, H 32.5cm (Framed)

Color: Orange, Black, Burgundy

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