MOLAS by Rhoda L. Auld


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Molas are those brightly-colored applique panels of layered cloth created by the Curia Indians of Panama. Often misrepresented as a traditional craft, they're actually a recent development, a local response to the importation of machine-made cloth in the mid-1800s. This is an informed presentation of the history and contemporary life of the Indians and a generously illustrated look at the work currently produced there, including those reflecting some distinctly foreign inspirations--one design looks suspiciously like Daffy Duck. Sewing techniques are explained in detail and precise directions for making two-, three-, and four-color molas are provided. In addition there are some highly imaginative examples of flat and textured reverse applique. And buyers beware: since Peace Corps volunteers came on the scene, some Indians have resorted to stitching with Singer machines.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1977
Publisher: Van Nostrand Reinhold