MOLA: Cuna Life Stories and Art by Maricel E. Presilla

MOLA: Cuna Life Stories and Art

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In the San Bias Islands off the northern coast of Panama, Cuna women make a unique and beautiful form of art called molas, in which layers of fabric of various textures are sewn together, then snipped and stitched into pictures comprised of bold forms and bright colors. They wear these on special occasions. Presilla (with Gloria Soto, Life Around the Lake, p. 452, etc.) tells the history of the Cuna, and in the molas they have created, vibrantly presents their entire culture, from lullabies to cooking to cosmology. Historical and cultural materials quoted in the text will expand readers' understanding, but the real glory of the book is the full-color parade of pictures of the molas. An accomplished, unusual look at a little-known culture.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1996
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Henry Holt