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Dressing Up Culture


Molas from Kuna Yala

May 17 through December 7, 2008
Gutman Gallery

Colorful, playful, and visually enticing, the appliquéd molas that Kuna women sew onto their blouses yield an astounding array of traditional and contemporary themes. These stitched cloth panels feature abstract and figurative motifs derived from Kuna legends and culture, political posters, labels, books, the natural world, mass media and popular culture, cartoons, and everyday life. Having initially developed from pre-Hispanic body arts, mola making in Kuna Yala, an archipelago that runs along the Caribbean coast of Panama, has become an important women’s economic enterprise that also preserves Kuna cultural and ethnic identity.

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5 October, Sunday, 1:00-2:30 P.M. and 3:00-4:30 P.M.
Family Program Series
Monkeys, spies, baseball, and eye-popping patterns are just some of what you’ll find in your exploration of decorative fabric panels called molas from Kuna Yala, a part of Panama. The group will explore in the galleries and then make their own paper molas in the studio.

18 October, Saturday, 2:00 P.M.
Introductory Tour of Dressing Up Culture: Molas from Kuna Yala


Last Updated: 11/19/08