It is my pleasure to introduce you to my passion in life.
I am a collector and a seller of molas, I appreciate the beauty and colors of this art, the hours of work that is put into each piece and every Kuna Artist for giving the best of their Visual Art.
Every Mola from Mola Art & Craft is made with care, artistic quality and expressions, truly exquisite, unique, one of a kind piece, and the special gift for your love ones.
The Mola reverse appliques are sold as applique blocks and used for art lessons, by quilters, crafters all over the world, the sale of molas is a main source of income for the Kuna womens and contribute to preserve the Kuna cultural identity and traditions.
| 11 August, 2012 23:32
Characteristics of a fine mola
The Mola have a number of layer of cloth.
The Artist choose a very good design and colors (this required good eyesigth).
The main subject is outlined.
The mola use reverse colors.
The stitching should be fine.
The Artist use a good thread that match the fabric.
The edges should be very narrow and even.
The four corners should be perfect squares.
If I look at the theme everything should be sewn in place.
Additional layers of colors are use between the top and base layer
to bring more colors to the theme.
Sawtooth stitch, tiny holes, circle or triangle appliques is included.
Embroidery details done with thread are added to the top layer to embellish and give the final touch (just by looking at the mola I can tell right away if the embroidery is really fine).
Many hourse of careful sewing will be the result of an extraordinary and exquisite piece of artwork.
On my trips to the San Blas Islands, I buy the entire blouse front and back, the rest of the fabric from the blouse I will give that back to the Kunas so they can make another blouse.
When I buy mola blouses or molas, first I look at the pieces compare one to another, then I judge what is in that particular mola that the other one is lacking and then make a decision, of course that at this moment I am thinking about my customers. In my personal opinion, things like the mola has too much excess of fabric on the sides, it has a thread hanging or the edges are not trimed these are the least of my worries, I will grab a scissors and cut it. Normally the edges on the molas are not finished edges, however the mola should have 4 equal corners.
I like molas that incorporate difficult techniques and details that show me something different but at the same time show me that the Kuna Artist went farther beyond their skills to create that extraordinary masterpiece of art. I pay more for these molas, however I am very confident that is high quality, something that will last for the years to come.
I love the pieces that almost talk to me because of their beauty.
Here on my website, you will find many high quality, beautiful and exquisite molas.
Here is a good example of lattice
Here is a good example of good use of colors and embroidery
click on the following links to view an example of a mola made with circles applique on top, and the second mola is made with triangle appliques, see that it doesn't have to be holes or saw tooth stitch. Here is what I had seen through the years that I been selling molas, the Kuna Artist is not limited to one pattern and we as the buyer have to accept it, after all they are the creators of the molas.
Enjoy! Thank you for taking the time to visit my site :-)
Source: Rita Smith