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Culture:Panamanian; Guna people (20th century)
Date Made:early-mid 20th century
Materials:cotton broadcloth, cotton thread, rick-rack, synthetic phisle (black background fill)
Place Made:North America; Panama; San Blas Islands
Measurements:Overall: 20 3/8 in x 16 5/8 in; 51.8 cm x 42.2 cm
Accession Number:  AC 1973.98.a
Credit Line:Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cedric Marks
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Molas are exclusive to the San Blas Islands. They are made from imported mercerized cotton by women, for women to wear as part of a blouse. Images are typically from nature and more recent ones show commercials from the Western world as well as contemporary design elements.

abstract; birds; figures; lines; patterns; symmetry

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