Mola: Traditional Kuna Textile Art

Mola: Traditional Kuna Textile Art by CROUCH EDITH


ISBN
9780764338458
Published
Binding
Hardcover
Pages
256
Dimensions
228 x 304mm

The mola is a multilayered textile art form and metaphor for the story of the Kuna, indigenous people of Panama. With over 890 images covering more than a century of molas, this book provides insights into design sources and influences for molas, perspectives on the aesthetic practices of women creating them, and hints for collecting and preserving this colourful textile art form. The hand-appliquéd art panels tell the tale of the Kuna women and are symbolic of their artistry, observation, and beliefs. Their lush tropical paradise, cultural cosmology, sense of humour, and exposure to foreign elements are represented in these fascinating fabric designs. A brief history of Panama and its rich tradition of indigenous arts place the mola in context. AUTHOR: Edith Crouch, author, glass artist, and teacher lives and works in Charlotte, North Carolina. From earliest childhood through high school she was raised in the Panama Caval Zone, giving her a personal engagement with the topic. ILLUSTRATIONS: 886 colour ?7 b/w *
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