Thursday, June 11, 2009

1000 Markets artist - MolaMama


I think MOLAS are my favorite form of textile art. The technique includes sewing several layers of different colored cloth on top of each other, cutting the cloth at various levels, and then hand stitching to finish the piece. Traditional molas were originally used as clothing panels, with geometric patterns. Nowadays, the Kuna women of Panama also use images of animals in their work, and they are used for a variety of purposes.

Molas are one thing I just can't pass up, when I see them in a museum gift shop. I have a few around the house, and put them under glass for safe-keeping. When I ran into MolaMama on 1000Markets, you know my heart skipped a beat. In her profile, she explains how she works in collaboration with a group of Panamian women, "My Kuna friends translate my designs into their traditional reverse applique MOLA fabric folk art, which in turn creates an economic avenue for indigenous artists."

MolaMama is also on Etsy. Some of her pieces are not only decorative but are utilitarian, which is always a good selling point. Why not have a beautiful handmade object, that you can use in your everyday life? Here are a couple of my favorite pieces she has in her shop:

11 comments:

Tulip's Talking said...

Awesome!

Look, I made it past the "abort message" this time! WooHoo

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Very cool! Fun technique :)

Hot Rocks said...

Gorgeous colorful pieces!

TiLT said...

love the colors in her work - so vibrant :)

Rose Works Jewelry said...

Wow - I'd never heard of Mola's before - and those are just incredible looking!

Lenox Knits said...

Wow. I've never heard about that process before. Her work is so vibrant and inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

Nothinglikeit said...

I love that Turtle! All of MolaMama's pieces are gorgeous; they must take ages to create!

Robin

BeadedTail said...

Beautiful work! I love the kitties of course!

Cozy said...

I love that form of embroidery! I used to see that work done at some of the swap meets in San Diego in the 80's. So intricate and pretty.

Splendid Little Stars said...

really beautiful, and of course, I love the kitties.

Molamama said...

Wow!! What a sweet surprise! Thanks for featuring me Deb!

So cool that you have a connection with molas. First time I saw them I was hooked and had no choice but to create a life designing and working with them and the amazing Kuna tribe. Thanks for appreciating what we do!!

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