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MOLA PAIRS

Molas are hand fashioned sections of Kuna women's clothing. Two mola panels make up the front and back of a woman's bodice. Multiple layers of brightly colored fabric are cut and hand-stitched in traditional designs and geometric patterns.

 

Molas are hand stitched, one-of-a-kind creations.  There are no multiples on these works of art.

 

50% OF EACH PURCHASE BENEFITS THE

SAINT LUKE ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Saint Luke Academy, a Lutheran school for students in grades Pre-School through Grade 8, turns away no student who desires a quality faith-based education but does not have the resources for tuition.  50% of each purchase will go to the Scholarship Fund to help make faith-based education accessible to all, regardless of their means.

Click on the thumbnail to see a detailed image of each mola panel

  

Mola 405 - Figure/Huts 1- This pair of Molas re the front and back of a single blouse. #405 has a small figure placed between two of the four huts. Using pieces of cane the Kuna create patterns on the outside of their buildings..  $60.00  SINGLE

Mola 406 Figure/Huts 2    $50.00  SINGLE

 

Mola 437 Fish in Frame 1 - The coral islands of Kuna Yala are the fishing grounds for the Kuna men. A variety of fish are caught and eaten. This is a pair to #439.   75.00   SINGLE

Mola 439 Fish in a Frame 2 - This Mola is the companion of Mola #437. Compare them. Notice the difference of cutting and stitching that immediately surround the fish!    $ 75.00   SINGLE

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE PAIR AT A SPECIAL PRICE - Figure/Huts  100.00
 
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE PAIR AT A SPECIAL PRICE - Fish in a Frame  $125.00

Mola 40-1 - Four Large Fish swimming in circles of pineapple stitches - very fine layering and stitching - VERY FINE   $75.00   SINGLE

Mola 40-2 Four Sword Fish - VERY FINE    $ 75.00   SINGLE

 

Mola 43-1 Flower of 8 Pods #1 - This is a pair of expertly sewn Molas which include the full range of cuts, openings, and stiches. The reverse of red and orange illustrates the technique of using the same pattern and cuts with opposite colors. - FINE   $70.00   SINGLE

Mola 43-2 Flower of 8 Pods #2 - FINE    $ 70.00   SINGLE

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE PAIR AT A SPECIAL PRICE - Four Fish and Swordfish Pair  $120.00
 

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE PAIR AT A SPECIAL PRICE - Flower of 8 Pods # 1 and #2 Pair  $125.00

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Mola 44-1 - Monkey front - Whimsical all over pattern of monkeys is a favorite geometric presentation. This requires many regular cuts and stitches to create a beautiful Mola.  $50.00  SINGLE

Mola 44-2 - Monkey back    $50.00  SINGLE

 

Mola 45-1 Latin Cross #1- Very regular and even design based on the influence of the Christian missionaries and Mola design. - FINE   $50.00   SINGLE

Mola 45-2 Latin Cross #2 - FINE    $ 50.00   SINGLE

 

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE PAIR AT A SPECIAL PRICE - Monkey front and back Pair  $85.00
 

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE PAIR AT A SPECIAL PRICE - Latin Cross 1 & 2   $85.00

 

Mola 125-1 - Dancer #1 This mirror image is a typical way of abstract a form and using it on a Kuna blouse.  $45.00  SINGLE

Mola 125-2 Dancers #2    $45.00  SINGLE

 

Mola 224 "9 or 6"

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Mola 225 "9 or 6" - Simple letters and symbols are attractive to the Kuna artist. These mirror image compositions may be based on numbers or on abstracted seedpods or even internal organs found in animals! Regardless, they are the inspiration for lively patterning, a colorful presentation and very controlled sewing.   $60.00   SINGLE

 
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE PAIR AT A SPECIAL PRICE - Dancers Pair  $75.00
 
 
 

Mola 38-1 School Girl Mola #1 These are smaller Molas used on the blouses of young school girls. The regularity of the pattern and stitching is carefully executed.   $40.00   SINGLE

38-2 School Girl Mola #2 -    $40.00   SINGLE

 

Mola 86-1 Green and Black Geometric #1 - Regular and controlled Notan pattern of fine stitching. - FINE   $60.00   SINGLE

Mola 86-2 Green and Black Geometric #2 - FINE    $ 60.00   SINGLE

 

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE PAIR AT A SPECIAL PRICE - School Girl Molas 1 and 2  $60.00

   

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE PAIR AT A SPECIAL PRICE - Green and Black Geometric Pair  $100.00

Mola 397 Bird Pairs #1 The mirrored image of these creatures merges skillfully with the patterned ground.   $50.00  SINGLE

     Mola 398 Bird Pairs #2 The mirrored image of these creatures merges skillfully           with the patterned ground.   $50.00  SINGLE

 

Mola 383 Green Parakeets #1 Kuna children often have a pet bird. These are found on the islands and in the mainland jungles. FINE - $70 SINGLE

     Mola 384 Green Parakeets #2 Kuna children often have a pet bird. These are      found on the islands and in the mainland jungles. FINE - $70      SINGLE

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE PAIR AT A SPECIAL PRICE - Bird Pairs Pair  $85.00
 
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE PAIR AT A SPECIAL PRICE - Green Parakeets Pair  $125.00
 
 

The remaining pairs are composed of two identical panels.

 

Mola 308, 309 Brooms #1, Brooms #2 Each morning the Kuna women sweep their sand floors as well as all of the public areas of the island. There is very little rubbish left to accumulate.   $50.00  SINGLE

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE PAIR AT A SPECIAL PRICE - Brooms Pair  $85.00
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Molas 306, 307 Playing Cards #1, #2 Occasionally the numbers and faces of cards become Mola designs. These duplicate the cover of a deck of cards, $60   SINGLE

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE PAIR AT A SPECIAL PRICE - Playing Cards Pair  $100.00
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Molas 393,394 Ducks #1, #2 A variety of bird forms inspire Kuna women. These birds are beautifully confined by the surrounding linear design. FINE - $65- SINGLE

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE PAIR AT A SPECIAL PRICE - Ducks Pair  $110.00
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Molas 395, 396 "Rocking" Birds #1, #2 The curves bottom form is held in balance by the facing birds, which have beautiful feathers. $65   SINGLE

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE PAIR AT A SPECIAL PRICE - "Rocking" Birds Pair  $110.00
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Molas 399, 400 Chica Jars and Birds #1, #2 These Molas are over sized – 21" X 14". The vibrant design is the "ground" for the active birds. Notice their wings. Chica is a brew that is used for special ceremonies. - FINE $65   SINGLE

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE PAIR AT A SPECIAL PRICE - Chica Jars and Birds Pair  $110.00
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Molas 344, 345 6 Circles/24 Wedges #1, #2 These Molas are over sized - 21" X 14". Each of these cross sections of a fruit is another stunning combination of color. - FINE $65   SINGLE

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE PAIR AT A SPECIAL PRICE - 6 Circles/24 Wedges Pair  $100.00
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Molas 336, 337 Flowers/Leaves/Tendrils #1, #2 Your eye is forced to wander all over the curves and angles of this beauty! - FINE $65   SINGLE

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE PAIR AT A SPECIAL PRICE - Flowers/Leaves/Tendrils Pair  $100.00
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Molas 324, 325 - Mirror X's #1, #2 Kunas love to use repeated decorative images as pure design. - FINE $65   SINGLE

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE PAIR AT A SPECIAL PRICE - Mirror X's Pair  $100.00
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Molas 386, 387 Sacred Bird #1, #2 Birds bring good and evil and are often symbolic omens of the future. These must bring good! $70   SINGLE

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE PAIR AT A SPECIAL PRICE - Sacred Bird Pair  $125.00
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Molas 338, 339 16 Blooms #1, #2 Kunas do not have flower gardens. There is little soil on the coral islands. However, women love to use strong color and are "beautiful flowers." $75   SINGLE

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE PAIR AT A SPECIAL PRICE - 16 Blooms Pair  $135.00
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Molas 332, 333 Floral Dozen #1, #2 This is a very traditional and delicate Mola design. The flowers create the visual grid and the broken vines twist over the remaining space. $75   SINGLE

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE PAIR AT A SPECIAL PRICE - Floral Dozen Pair  $135.00
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Molas 328, 329 - Fish Family #1, #2 Transparent and flattened perspective is used to show the inside of objects. These fish are "pregnant." Notice the ribs/bones – perfect stitching! - VERY FINE -$75   SINGLE

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE PAIR AT A SPECIAL PRICE - Fish Family Pair  $135.00
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Molas 327 - M+M+M Every edge of these letterforms is treated with the pineapple stitch. This is a great tour-de-force! - VERY FINE - $75   SINGLE ONLY

One SOLD, only ONE AVAILABLE

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Mola 322     X's and Diamonds Exceptional stitching and evenly controlled spacing of lines defines this beautiful pulsating geometric design. - EXCEPTIONAL-FINE - $75   SINGLE ONLY

One SOLD, only ONE AVAILABLE

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Molas 320, 321 - Abstract Burst #1, #2 - A stunning burst of color and lots of beautiful pineapple stitching! - VERY FINE - $70   SINGLE

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE PAIR AT A SPECIAL PRICE - Abstract Burst Pair  $120.00
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Molas 364, 365 - Horizontal and Vertical Repeat #1, #2 There are very few straight edges but lots of curves, angles, and very fine stitches. - EXCEPTIONAL-FINE - $85   SINGLE

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE PAIR AT A SPECIAL PRICE - Horizontal and Vertical Repeat Pair  $160.00
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Mola 372- 2 Birds-1 Flower #1, Creating visual tension between the image and ground is a very desirable quality in Mola design. This is a great example of Mola Art. - EXCEPTIONAL-FINE - $85   SINGLE

One SOLD, only ONE AVAILABLE

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Molas 376, 377 - Double Roosters #1, #2 Kuna women keep special hens and roosters in pens. You can hear them crowing at A.M.! - VERY FINE -

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE PAIR AT A SPECIAL PRICE - Double Roosters Pair  $135.00
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Molas 366, 367 - Anchors Away #1, #2 This Mola is dramatic and forceful! The amount of careful pineapple stitches is staggering! EXCEPTIONAL - VERY FINE - $85   SINGLE

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE PAIR AT A SPECIAL PRICE - Anchors Away Pair  $150.00
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Mola 361 Buds and Flowers #2 SINGLE ONLY This Mola vibrates with color and design. The floral border interacts with the central plant image. - VERY FINE - $80   SINGLE

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Molas 379 Three Birds - The triplet of birds is very formal, The black and orange details unite the figures and the ground. - EXCEPTIONAL-FINE - $85   SINGLE ONLY

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