Mola Designs: 45 Authentic Indian Designs from Panama

Mola Designs: 45 Authentic Indian Designs from Panama

by Frederick W. Shaffer
     
 

Mola is the Cuna Indian word for an intricate reverse-appliqué needlework technique unique to this unusual, isolated tribe inhabiting the San Blas islands off the Atlantic coast of Panama. Mola motifs and methods recall the body-painting practiced by the Cuna in past centuries; today Cuna women's blouses display the colorful patchwork designs rendered here in

Overview

Mola is the Cuna Indian word for an intricate reverse-appliqué needlework technique unique to this unusual, isolated tribe inhabiting the San Blas islands off the Atlantic coast of Panama. Mola motifs and methods recall the body-painting practiced by the Cuna in past centuries; today Cuna women's blouses display the colorful patchwork designs rendered here in black and white from the original pieces. The 45 folk-style designs signify themes ancient and modern: pre-Christian crosses, mermaids, dancers, animals, birds, butterflies, fish and flowers, abstracts, and repeating mazes. The introduction includes photographs of the Cuna; captions identify the motifs and give Cuna names. Designers and needleworkers will find these royalty-free designs a source of inspiration, and colorists will enjoy adding their own sense of color and tone to the illustrations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780486242897
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Publication date:
08/01/1982
Series:
Dover Pictorial Archive Series
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
898,200
Product dimensions:
8.02(w) x 11.18(h) x 0.15(d)

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