Tourists usually want to buy only the mola panels, so the Kuna now often make individual mola panels which are never intended for a blouse. These “tourist molas” usually have only two layers of cloth with positive appliqué and embroidery. They are often in vivid colors, frequently portray birds, and take only a few days to sew. Some, however, are extremely intricate and can include several layers of fabric with reverse appliqué. Some are even large enough to be tapestries or wall hangings.
Young girls begin creating “molitas”, little molas, by the time they are six or seven, much like our embroidery samplers. Additionally, since tourists sometimes want only a less expensive sample of mola art, the Kuna now also make little molas which usually have only two layers of cloth with positive appliqué and embroidery.
Starting in the 1970's with the popularity of sewing patches on clothing, especially teenagers' bluejeans, the Kuna began making even smaller "molitas" to serve as patches (patchis). These usually have only two layers of cloth with a simple design, positive appliqué, and minimal embroidery.