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In respond to one of the most frequent questions about mola, if the artwork is vintage (collectibles), traditional or just intended for tourist.
What are Tourist Molas?
When tourist travel to Panama they usually want to buy only mola panels and not the entire blouse. These panels are classified as commercial molas, the Guna will make these panels specific for quick sale and never intended to be part of a blouse. They are made in applique, embroidery with two layers of clothes, vibrant colors, normally portray bird, toucan, fish, hummingbird, flowers, etc.
What is a traditional, vintage mola or mola that has been part of a blouse?
The molas with reverse applique in larger size 16" x 13" or large, several layers of fabric, intricate designs, these are molas that are intended to be part of a blouse. They are the authentic molas, collectibles, and they do have more value in the future.
There was a problem when I uploaded the picture the bird should be just sitting normal on the branch but instead is facing head down, sorry about that.