Mola Designs (Dover Pictorial Archives) (Paperback)

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Mola is the Cuna Indian word for an intricate reverse-applique needlework technique unique to this unusual, isolated tribe inhabiting the San Blas islands off the Atlantic coast of Panama. Mola motifs and methods recall the body-painting practiced by the Cuna in past centuries; today Cuna women's blouses display the colorful patchwork designs rendered here in black and white from the original pieces. The 45 folk-style designs signify themes ancient and modern: pre-Christian crosses, mermaids, dancers, animals, birds, butterflies, fish and flowers, abstracts, and repeating mazes. The introduction includes photographs of the Cuna; captions identify the motifs and give Cuna names. Designers and needleworkers will find these royalty-free designs a source of inspiration, and colorists will enjoy adding their own sense of color and tone to the illustrations.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780486242897
ISBN-10: 0486242897
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication Date: August 1st, 1982
Pages: 48
Language: English
Series: Dover Pictorial Archives