Middle School Molas

October 4, 2016


The Kuna tribe live on a small group of islands off the coast of Panama. The women of this culture create elaborately embroidered panels of fabric, called molas, that are worn attached to their clothing.  Molas have their origin in body painting and only after Spanish colonization did the Kuna start to transfer their geometric designs onto fabric using the technique of reverse applique. Seventh and eighth grade students studied studied this style of folk art and created their own paper molas, with an emphasis on positive and negative space, shape, line, color and pattern.

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