Tourists usually want to buy only the mola panels, so the Guna 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.
01052-T Independence Day Mola $50.00
Independence Day Mola
This modern hand-sewn Mola combines traditional negative appliqué with mostly positive appliqué and embroidered over-stitching.It celebrates November 3, 1903, when Panama gained its independence from Colombia. The two Panamanian flags fill the entire panel and meet the traditional criteria of harmony, balance, and color choice. The geometric filler lines surround the two flags and make them stand out. The letters at the top are used more for decorative fill than meaning, since the last word, noviembre, is not spelled out completely. It was never used as a blouse and is already hemmed for hanging.
.Two Layers 11" x 14"
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 Guna 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 Guna 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.