Frequently Asked Questions:
Where is the San Blas Islands?
The comarca de Kuna Yala (San Blas Islands) are located along the caribbean coast of Panama from the golfo of San Blas all the way to the Colombian border.
The Islands extend from the borders with Colon Province and the Republic of Colombia.
What is the porpose of selling this art?
Mola Art and Craft is dedicated to ensure the survival of this traditional indigenous art and We have a long-time interest in supporting those indigenous artist.
Are the indigenous who make the molas (reverse appliques) are the same as the ones who weave the baskets?
No. The people who weave the baskets are the Wounaan and Embera and the people who make the molas are "the Kunas" who live in San Blas - Kuna Yala.
Can the mola be reproduce?
No. Under no circumstances a mola can be reproduce, this is the art of the Kuna Indians of San Blas and is procteted by Laws. Each designs is their imagination.
How and where are molas made?
Each mola is uniquely handmade by the Kuna Women using the technique of reverse applique the process required patience, time, imagination and extraordinary stitching skills. Reverse Applique is done by laying the fabrics and cutting through the top layers to expose the layers beneath. All the layers are basted together (2, 3, 5 and up to 7 layers) and the design can be sketched on the top layer. Some molas will have the most intricate lines you can ever imagine.
The making of molas plays an important task in the Kuna's Life.
Each mola may take from 6 weeks up to 1 year, when you received your mola (s) you will be able to check the back of each mola and see the amazing stitches of the Kuna artist.
The molas are made in the San Blas Islands, but they are also women's that has been moving to the city and they are able to make molas in Panama City.
Is the technique different on each mola?
Besides using the reverse applique process, the Kuna women's had been introducing new and different ways to embellish a mola or to make the background more attractive and pleasant to the eyes of the beholder.
To mention a few latice, sawtooth stitch, holes, circle appliques, triangles, embroidery using small dots.
I love molas that incorporate difficult techniques, and details, molas that are unique and show me that the Kuna Artist went further beyond their skills to create a masterpiece of art.
To learn more visit my "Blog" that is located at the navigation bar.
Do you sell molas that are good quality, simple and inexpensive?
Yes, I do have a couple molas that are not listed and that are on the price range of $39.00 to $55.00 ask me and I can send you picture.
Do you accept credit cards directly without using paypal?
Yes. If you don't want to pay through Paypal, just call 937-422-5683 and I will be able to take your credit card information by phone.
What does the Kuna artist get out of it?
We work directly with the Kuna artist supporting them by buying molas directly from them, making sure they get compensated immediately for all the time and work that they put on each piece. The women are intelligent and they know how to determine the price of molas.
How the Kuna women's determine the price of the molas?
Prices are determine by the woman's according to the originality of the design and the degree of elaboration.
What to do with my molas?
decorate kid's bedroom, guestroom, livingroom, bathroom, bedrooms, make a quilts, blankets, pillows, wallhangins, drapes, chair covers, tablecloth, placemats.
Give it as a gift: Summer Wedding, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Birthday, Graduation, Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter, Art Lesson, Special Parties or Events.
Do you only carry mola panels?
Besides selling the small and large mola panels, We also sell any product for women's, man's and children's dresses made with mola. We sell the Kuna fabric, Headscarf, mola blouses that the women's wear, Sandals, bead wraps for the arms and legs. There are Wounaan baskets for sale these are known as the finest baskets in the world. The Wounaan-Embera is another group of indians of the Darien Rainforest, Panama.
The only products we do not carry are the Kuna Artifacts.
Will my mola be worth more in the future?
When you buy a mola, buy because you love the art, perhaps because it is unique and carry culture/tradition. Yes, there is a great demand for molas and the price is increasing every year.
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