Saturday, January 31 through Saturday, April 4, 2015
Tuesday-Friday with 2:30 pm tour or by appointment | Weekends 1:00 - 4:30 PM
This exhibition features dozens of colorful molas from the San Blas Islands, hand-stitched by the Cuna Indians. The Cuna live on the San Blas Archipelago on the Caribbean coast of Panama. Molas are reverse appliqué panels made for the front and back of the blouses worn by Cuna women. Many Cuna are Christian, the result of missionary activity in the region, and biblical themes are often depicted in their textiles. Each mola in this exhibition illustrates a story from the Bible—from the Garden of Eden to the Ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven.
Molas are made by women and female children, who begin to sew at around age seven. They use only a needle, scissors and thimble. A high quality mola panel requires forty or more hours of work and may take a month or more to complete.
Pictured above: mola panel with Adam, Eve and the animals of Creation.
Right: blouse with mola depicting the Wise Men traveling to visit the Christ Child.
The molas in this exhibition are from the collection of Sandra and Bob Bowden.