The most important source of income for the Guna is the sale of molas, through the sale of molas the women's can solve their economic needs: education for their children's, medical, food, etc...
Please check my collection of quilted tote bags-purses they are completely quilted here (not a quilted material bought at a fabric store), machine quilting and multiple pockets for better organization, the fabric lining blend perfect with the colors on each mola, the collection also include denim purses, shopping bags, pillows, aprons, every item is one-of a kind, all molas are handsewn and incorporated to the purses by hand, my inspiration for this collection and the designs comes by being genuinley inspired by what I see out there in the blog, by today's fashion and fabric trend, a collection to include diaper bag, laptop carrier, children's purses and more.
The collection of Bella quilted Tote bags, purses, pillows, etc. is exclusive of Mola Art and Craft since 2008.
"A quilted Purse is a must for your wardrobe"
This collection was created in early 2008 and available for sale in my website in May 2008. I been fortunate to sell all the purses through my website and some of them locally. BellaModa handbags are "one of a kind" or limited edition, all the molas are handmade and it's a wonderful thought to know that you are the only person, or one of a few to own one of these handbags or purses. People love the idea that they are wearing/sitting on/or using something that is unique to them. It makes it special because there is history & culture on this artwork.
The idea of incorporating the mola flowers into the different purses: denim, quilted purses started here at Mola Art and Craft by Rita Smith (owner), the flowers are specially made for Mola Art and Craft in a variety of colors to include blue which are perfect for the denim purses.
The colors we frequently use on our purses are purple flowers, yellow, orange, fuschia, blue and red.
"Never underestimated the power of designing, quilting, and sewing"
Add Kuna Colors & Culture to your living room....
use your molitas to make a pillow, wallhanging, curtains, tablecloth, placemats, cushion covers, book covers, quilt, add as pockets, patches, framed as a single or as a group.
Another tip on the pillows: choose orange fabric for the front panel and then black for the back panel for a contrasting of colors. The mola is so colourful that can choose any other color for the front panel of your pillow.
Infinite possibilities to express yourself...
When working on the pillows, you can resize your mola to the desire width and length, remember to pin the strips to each raw edge,remove the pin as you sew.
The molas that I display here represent the love and respect that I have for my culture, the people of my country and for all the Kunas that day by day accomplish such a unique and magnificient handwork, by collecting and selling these molas it allow me to help the Kunas directly, because this is the only source of income for them and it give me the opportunity to share my knowledge about the Kunas, history, culture, the Molas and to feel closer to my country.
I am constantly interested in all the possibilities of the Mola Art. The molas has inspired me to create many of my sewing projects, here in my site you will be able to appreciate them: mola quilt, quilted purses, denim bags, coin purses, pillows, pillow covers. All these beautiful molas can be incorporated into creative projects and wearable arts.
My Mission as a mola collector or seller is to bring you joy and beauty into your life. We appreciate art and beauty and surround ourselves with them at our home, and now we want to share everything with you so you can have beautiful art in your home.
Molas are a great motivation for a folk art lesson. Be sure to delight your students with exquisite molas. Any of these molas or molitas can be use in your classroom. They are truly work of arts, and many hours of skillful needlework goes into each piece.
If you are hosting an special event and would like to order quantity of any items for gift please e-mail me or call me Tel.937-422-5683. We have a large selection of molas and mola items, so please feel free to contact me with all your questions.
We can ship your gift directly to your love one, we can also include a card with your personal message. All you need to do is e-mail me the address of the recipient and your personal message.
Every mola is one of a kind piece, the unique and special handmade gifts for your love ones. They are perfect for any occasion: Christmas gift, Birthday, Wedding, Group Party, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, etc.
Positive comments and feedbacks on the artwork and website would be most welcome, as we build our business reputation on Artspan for being honest sellers with unique items, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with comments and questions.
This Christmas give all your sewing projects a distinctive touch with a blend of richly colourful appliques and embroidery.
Rita: I am sending along pictures of the project that I finished up with the newest molitas. It is my laundry room and I just love it. Thanks so much for the swift order. I adore each one! Sallie
Take a look at what my customers are doing with their molitas: Sallie decorate her laundry room with molitas, so vibrant and colorful.
"Molas will look perfect on a frame"
this mola is display in my living room, I love birds specially when they are in a group with beautiful flowers.
Molas are special to me and I like take my time selecting the frames that I think will make my mola stand out.
"Flowers are the perfect gift for her"
"A perfect gift for any occasion"
Creative ways of incorporating the molas into your quilting and craft projects. I love quilting with fabric from Robert Kaufman, Modas, Timeless, batiks, etc.
Quilt exotic, quilt with molas...
"Mola Pillows are perfect to decorate your home"
"Pot Holders will brighten your kitchen"
"Mola Eyeglass Holders are perfect to protect your eyeglasses"
"Mola make-up bags will make it easy to carry your beauty essentials"
I love decorating my wall with the vases from Panama, the humming with flower made in wood. Panama is home to a wide variety of Art and Crafts.
Why to buy a mola from us:
-We have the best collection of handmade molas from Panama.
-I have the knowledge and expertise about my country art and crafts.
-We have been selling molas for many years.
-You'll love creating your own one-of-a-kind works of art.
-Each mola is purchased directly from the Kuna Indian Artist.
-People before profit.
-We pay a fair price for the crafts and we truly appreciate the hours that the Kuna artist spend working on each mola.
-We care about the kuna women's and we make sure they are paid well for each mola, ensuring that they will have money to solve their economic daily needs.
-Our commitment to communicate is foremost and satisfaction is distinct part of positive buying experience.
How molas can be use:
They can be frame, made into a pillow, perfect for quilting projects, bedspread, make a delightful wallhanging, placemats, tablecloth, put it on your favorite blanket, t-shirt, purse, handbag, cell-phone holder, toteback, chair covers, apron, vest jean, skirt, jean jacket, book cover, use on al your craft or christmas projects.
Let us help you to create a unique and different project using our molitas and molas.
Be unique and creative...